We have the responsibility to win says Jesus

Jorge Jesus had his last Liga press conference ahead of tomorrow's match against Marítimo. Benfica were crowned back-to-back champions last Sunday after securing a draw in Guimarães, as title rivals Porto slipped against Belenenses.

"This week I felt a bit ill because I didn't feel the adrenaline or the pressure of the game, it's like I had a cold, and I am not used to it."

Top 10 Jorge Jesus' quotes for 2014/2015

Top 10 Jorge Jesus quotes for 2014/2015

Jesus proud of his historical achievement in post-match presser

“We are the rightful champion, with a tight-knit group which has turned weaknesses into strengths. We were always aiming at this objective. Benfica has been leading since the 5th match day and there were two key games: the game against Porto at the Luz and the one against Sporting in Alvalade, where we knew that if we didn’t lose, one of our rivals would be kept out of the race to the title. And that’s what happened; we cancelled the first one, and then the other.”

BENFICA: Portuguese Champions for the 34th time

With the Marquês ready to host the celebrations of dozens of thousands of Benfiquistas this very night, the games Vitória Guimarães x Benfica and Belenenses vs Porto took the centre stage during this 33rd match day. Winning or at least matching Porto’s score would result in retaining the Title for the second consecutive year.

Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica Preview

This is the game everybody has been talking about in Portugal during the past week. The game which could seal Benfica’s first place, earned and consolidated since the fifth game this season; a game exuding passion, in one of the few grounds truly hostile to the Eagles’ presence. Amidst stories of sorcerers paid for by unnamed club’s president to make Benfica fall at the last hurdle and fans elaborate choreographies, both teams will step in the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium with a heavy responsibility on their shoulders.

Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Penafiel

Benfica performed to expectations and comfortably beat bottom side Penafiel, who sealed their relegation to the second tier of Portuguese football.

Lima opened the scoreline early on the 8th minute with a strong header from Maxi Pereira's cross. Salvio won the ball in midfield and countered with pace to assist Jonas at the half hour mark to double Benfica's advantage.

In the second half Pizzi made it three from outside the area with a low placed shot in the corner of Haghighi's goal, who will want to avoid watching any replays of that one.

The full time score was decided a minute later on the 62nd minute when Lima scored his brace after taking full advantage of a miscalculated back pass.

Jonas is now leading the Liga top goalscorers table with 18 to his name, the same as Porto's Jackson Martínez who has a game in hand. Strike partner Lima is just a goal behind.


Squad List: Benfica vs Penafiel

Salvio has returned to options as confirmed by Jorge Jesus in yesterday's press conference. In return, compatriot Argentine winger Nico Gaitán has been ruled out due to injury.

Serbian midfielder Fejsa, who recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and featured in the last couple of games, has not been included.

From the 19 selected one player will be left out.

Benfica are two games away from retaining the Liga crown with Penafiel (H), Guimarães (A) and Marítimo (H) left as opponents.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Lisandro Lopez, André Almeida, Jardel and Eliseu

Midfielders: Salvio, Sulejmani, Pizzi, Samaris, Talisca, Cristante, Ola John and Rúben Amorim

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Benfica x Penafiel Preview

Three games, six points to take to realise this old dream of winning two Ligas in a row. If manager Jorge Jesus has learnt from past euphoria gone sour by giving respect and not underestimating Saturday’s opponents Penafiel, the statistics are there to boost the morale of the Benfiquista nation.

Jesus confirms Salvio return

Jorge Jesus previewed tomorrow's game against relegation battlers Penafiel, but recognised the difficulties his side can face, given that there are only three games left in the season.

"Benfica have a very technical and fast tempo approach to their game. You can only stop this by either your tactical positional quality or with persistent fouling. And it becomes difficult for the defending team when you can't do either. Those clubs that commit many fouls are subject to finish the game with less than eleven players on the pitch."

Jesus cautious in his presser after crushing Gil Vicente 5-0

"We won 5-0 with a lot of quality, in a difficult pitch that had long grass [note: reports were made of mushrooms growing on the Barcelos ground]. We managed to create space through our movement and tactical quality to overpower a difficult opponent. Things got easy given Benfica's quality as well as some individual players'."

"I know best on which player is better suited to make the roster. I am the one working with them, I know who can play or not. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, however no one but the managers know who the best players to line up are.