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Gaitán misses out again as Jorge Jesus names his 18 match squad to travel to Moreira de Cónegas and face Moreirense for the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

The Argentine will not be risked and instead Gonçalo Guedes continues to receive the manager's support.

With Samaris suspended André Almeida or Cristante may be called to replace the Greek in the starting XI.

"With Samaris out the best placed players are Cristante and André Almeida." stated Jesus.

"Pizzi has been improving in both offensive and defensive plays. He is integrated with the team's ideas and strategies."




Eusébio now rests at Portugal's National Pantheon

Eusébio's coffin at the Luz

The Portuguese parliamentary paid homage to Eusébio da Silva Ferreira and unanimously agreed that his resting place should be at the Portugal's National Pantheon in Lisbon, at the Santa Engrácia church.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica congratulated this move as the prestige that Eusébio had brought to club and country fully deserved this recognition.

Eusébio will rest alongside former presidents, writers and fado singer Amália Rodrigues.




Gattuso applauds Cristante Benfica move

Cristante's move from AC Milan to Benfica in the summer caused shockwaves in the northern Italian city. The youngster was touted as one for the future for the 'rossoneri' squad.

Former Milan and Italy player Gennaro Gattuso gave his views to Portuguese paper A Bola and whilst applauding the midfielder's courage, he criticised his former club of not being able to hold on to him.

"It's difficult for a youngster to affirm himself in a team like Milan. It was important for him to have more experience in the Seria A before moving.




All eyes on Moreirense away

Jorge Jesus called the squad for another training session this morning at 10:00 at the Seixal Futebol Campus.

The reds are fully focused in keeping their gap with the rivals who play on Sunday and Monday.

Nico Gaitán is still not confirmed to feature as the Argentine continues to recover from an injury he suffered in Funchal on 18th January. The creative midfielder has since missed 6 games. The good news is that he has been training with the first team however may not be risked.




The aftermath of the Lisbon derby by 'Redpass'

Jardel's 94th minute goal against Sporting on Sunday 9th February at the Estádio José Alvalade still echoes in their nightmares. 

The shortlived 86th minute celebration, the 'olés', and their histerical/offensive banners have all but come back to haunt them in a way they fully deserve.

The exert below 'Learn to say Benfica' is translated in English from the well acclaimed Benfica blog Redpass, by JG on 12th February 2015.

"So, this will not stop anytime soon will it?

The derby has already come and gone, Benfica has returned to its reality which is to continue winning. The theme remains the same and Sporting have already cut ties with Benfica.




Benfica B continue their chase for the podium

After last weekend's 4-1 victory against Oliveirense Benfica B travel to SC Covilhã, a team that deserves maximum respect according to manager Hélder Cristóvão.

"SC Covilhã are a great team at home, specially with the characteristics of their narrow pitch which they are accustomed to. They are an aggressive team and take advantage of set pieces, and of course there will be extra motivation on their side as they will be playing Benfica."

"We will have to work hard to bring points back to Lisbon."




Jorge Jesus, world class manager?

Planet Benfica's Chris Santos' thoughts on Benfica manager Jorge Jesus. 

For some, he's the Alex Ferguson of Benfica. A long term manager with a clear idea about the style of the football we seek to play and a plan for consistently forming world class players, ready to sell to the highest bidder. To others, he's an arrogant, classless and sometimes clueless manager who has a phobia of young Portuguese talent. What can't be argued is that his time at Benfica has been the most successful period for the club in more than 20 years, with 8 trophies won (2 League titles, 1 Portuguese Cup, 4 League Cups and a Portuguese Super Cup) plus 2 consecutive Europa League finals.




Comfortable win over Vitória de Setúbal with a Lima brace

Benfica repeated the mid-week result against Vitória de Setúbal, this time for the Liga, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Os Sadinos.

Jardel continued where he left off in the Liga and scored the opener with a well headed effort from Pizzi's corner. Lima added the second minutes before the half with a high placed ball from close range, the ball was a cross from Ola John and the dutchman received the benefit of doubt after a shoulder-to-shoulder barge with Pedro Queirós.




Benfica vs Vitória de Setúbal Squad List

Jorge Jesus has named his 18 player squad list ahead of this afternoon's Liga match between Benfica and Vitória de Setúbal. 

Italian midfielder Cristante has been left out with Rúben Amorim's return from injury, whilst youngster Gonçalo Guedes continues to receive confidence from the manager.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Rúben Amorim, Salvio, Ola John, Gonçalo Guedes and Pizzi




Jorge Jesus previews Liga match against V. Setúbal

At the press conference in Seixal this afternoon, Jorge Jesus previewed Sunday's Liga match against Vitória de Setúbal in Estádio da Luz. Both sides met midweek in Lisbon for the League Cup semi-final.

"It's a game where both teams know more of each other. Benfica's objective is always the same, to win. V. Setúbal are an opponent who gave us problems in the first 30 minutes of the last game. We know there will be difficulties but Benfica have a lot of momentum when playing in their stadium."




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