Jorge Jesus previews Académica encounter

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus previewed Saturday's clash against Académica de Coimbra in the club's training centre in Seixal.

"Académica are normally a difficult side to face, a club with history in Portugal. They are a team that interest fans to turn up and I hope it will be the same tomorrow."




Gonçalo Guedes renews until 2021

Benfica's youth hope Gonçalo Guedes has renewed with the club until the end of the 2021 season, with a €60m release fee clause stamped on his contract.

Guedes, 18, has been with Benfica since 2006 and has played at all youth levels until reaching Jorge Jesus' senior squad, making his senior debut against Sporting da Covilhã in the Portuguese Cup before appearing a handful of times in the domestic league.

"It's a great sentiment and I feel really proud. I would like to thank my dad and the Benfica president for all the support. This is a huge step in my career."




Premier League to recognise Benfica youth development

Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Left to right: Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Benfica have been highly focused in developing young players and see them as long term goals for the future. With the transfer of André Gomes (€15m to Valencia) and Bernardo Silva (€15m to Monaco) this is clearly an area the club are looking to explore and to mitigate future FIFA action against third party owners.

Players like Gonçalo Guedes, Renato Sanches, Raphael Guzzo and João Teixeira are only a few who will be knocking on the doors of the senior squad in the near future.




Talisca likely to miss Académica encounter

Midfielder Talisca is likely to miss Benfica's next game against Académica at the Luz for the Primeira Liga.

The Brazilian landed awkwardly and dislocated his finger on his right hand, much to the nausea of TV onlookers and nearby colleagues.

Talisca was not part of the group that trained this morning at Seixal which was open to the press for 15 minutes. 

Goalkeeper Artur and defender César were training independently to recover from their respective injuries. Bruno Varela was called up to replace Artur on goalkeeping duties.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 1 Nacional

Watch highlights of Benfica vs Nacional.

Benfica increased the gap to six points against second placed Porto, who have a game in hand, after an emphatic first half attacking performance. Jonas scored the first on the 21st minute in a move which started with Gaitán's superb tackle. Lima made it two with a cross from Gaitán and Jonas doubled his tally before the hour with a sweetly struck shot from outside the area, hitting the underneath of Gottardi's crossbar  in the process. 

Nacional were able to clinch one back with a long range effort by Tiago Rodrigues. There was not much Júlio César could have done in a game where he spent majority of his time watching the play.

Talisca was brought on in the second half to replace Jonas who is one booking away from a one-match suspension. Jorge Jesus was soon forced to substitute the Brazilian who dislocated his finger.

Benfica host Académica de Coimbra next on Saturday 11th April at 17:00 BST, in Estádio da Luz. Live coverage from BTV 1 HD.

Highlights




Jorge Jesus wants to nullify Nacional's attacking prowess

In today's press conference at Seixal's training campus, manager Jorge Jesus previewed the Liga match where Benfica host Nacional tomorrow.

"We are in the last third of the championship and it's all more than planned. Nacional are stronger than they were earlier in the season and we felt that in the League Cup semi-final. It is going to be a challenging and competitive game. Now, in our stadium, with our fans we are stronger and hope to come out victorious to continue to meet our goals."




Benfica must maintain Nacional form

Benfica return in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this Saturday at 17:00 BST.

This will be the 21st encounter at the Estádio da Luz between the two sides and the team from Madeira have never left with a smile, accumulating 16 defeats and 4 draws so far.

Jorge Jesus' side must maintain this record and preferably record a win to continue to pressure the rivals, especially after last

Nacional currently sit in 9th place, and Benfica triumphed in the first round where they won 2-1 at the Choupana with goals from Jonas and Salvio.




International round-up

Benfica players were in action all over the world during the international break:

Portugal
Left-back Eliseu played the full 90 minutes as Portugal overcame Serbia 2-1 at the Estádio da Luz. Former Benfica player Fábio Coentrão got on the scoresheet as well as defensive midfielder Matic for the away side. This win leaves Portugal at the top of Group I with 9 points, two more than second placed Denmark.




Benfica Supporters' Club in London, UK

Benfica have over 245 supporter club "homes" spread across the world, a vital connection between the club and the local Benfiquista community. You will find these "casas" across Europe, including Portugal, as well as USA, Canada, Australia, Cape Verde, Macau, and many more.




Action packed April awaits you!

Benfica return in early April once the International break is over. Estádio da Luz is set to receive Portugal as they continue their fight to qualify for the Euro 2016 in France against Serbia.

On 4th April Benfica will host Madeira team Nacional at 17:00 BST, which is then followed by two home games against Académica and league rivals FC Porto. Dates for the latter two are still to be confirmed.




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