Benfica face Académica in the Portuguese Liga tomorrow and Jorge Jesus aims to defend the top spot which has currently been handed to Vitoria de Guimaraes.

The manager refused to let the disqualification from Europe affect their preparation.

"Independent of Wednesday's game our responsibility is to win and work in a way that the team goes to Coimbra prepared to play well, like we have been doing so far in the league, which is why we are at the top. Our objective is to win and defend the first spot."

"We expect to face a difficult side. I'm happy with the options I have in the squad and we have the utmost possibility to win tomorrow."

The 11th matchweek for Benfica will kick-off at 18:00 local time, a couple of hours north from Lisbon at Coimbra.