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League Cup trophy important for Jesus - 14 April 2012

Manager Jorge Jesus feels the League Cup is an important competition in Benfica's calendar and wants nothing less than a victory to clinch the fourth consecutive cup trophy.

"It is an important competition and becoming more meaningful in our calendar. It was tough to get to the final as we had to eliminate strong sides from our league. We have come here with the responsibility of winning this final again because this trophy is important to us. But we will always respect our opponents."

"Gil Vicente have their qualities. They eliminated Sporting and Braga in this competition and are in the final with all merit so they also think they can win this. They are a side with good players who defend and counter very well and will certainly make our life difficult."

Benfica have already faced Gil Vicente twice in the Liga Zon Sagres, drawing 2-2 away in the first game and winning 3-1 at the Estádio da Luz.

"There isn't much to hide between both sides. This is the third time we will meet this season but it will be a different game, there aren't anticipated winners or stronger teams in finals. But I believe we will be better tomorrow than our previous games against Gil Vicente."

Pressure
Following the defeat in the Lisbon derby the Liga title is looking bleak with four games left, and Jorge Jesus was questioned about his future at the club after the possibility of finishing the season with only the League Cup trophy.

"That question needs to be directed at those who govern and are responsible for these decisions. If we want to evaluate this season it is important for us to win this competition."

"We ere eliminated from the Taça de Portugal, achieved our sporting and financial objectives in the Champions League, still have a word to say in the Liga, and are in the League Cup final... which we want to win."




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