Samaris relishing Braga encounter

Benfica's new summer signings Talisca and Samaris were present at the Benfica Megastore in the Estádio da Luz yesterday to connect with the fans and sign autographs.

Samaris, the Greek midfielder who joined form Olympiacos stated that he is enjoying playing for the club and sees the supporters as vital to team's strength.

"This is great to practice my Portuguese [laughs]. I am very happy to be here with the fans. They are our pillar and with them we are stronger whether it's at home or away."




Highlights: Arouca 1 - 3 Benfica

Benfica saw three second-half goals after going down early to Arouca to keep the 4-point gap with second placed Porto. 

Iuri got the hosts off the mark on the 7th minute after Eliseu left his man unmarked. Arouca proved to be difficult to brake down and the best chance for the visitors fell to Salvio from 5 yards who hit the crossbar. 




Hany Mukhtar travels to Arouca

January signing Hany Mukhtar, 19-year-old midfielder from Hertha Berlin, is the surprise inclusion in the team that traveled north of Portugal yesterday for the match against Arouca. 

The German u20 midfielder has earned his first call to the senior team, though two players from the list will miss out in this afternoon's game.

Júlio César also makes his return after suffering an injury at home to Boavista four weeks ago.




Jesus admits a two-horse race for Portuguese title

In today's press conference, ahead of tomorrow's match against Arouca, Jorge Jesus stated Benfica have to continue focusing on themselves. However, the Benfica manger admitted he believes the race for the title is now between the reds and Porto.

"No one has any doubts that the race for the domestic league title will be between two. We always have the same pressure to win and we do not need to depend on anyone."

"We aren't worried about anyone else, only our next opponent."




Arouca away in maximum force

Jorge Jesus will have, for the first time this season, the full squad available to choose from as Benfica travel north to face Arouca.

The exception is Serbian midfielder Ljubomir Fesja, who was known to be sidelined until the latter end of the season, and is the only player to be in the care of Benfica's medical team.

Jesus will have his press conference at the Estádio da Luz today at 16:00 local time.

The squad list is expected to be made public tomorrow morning.




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A happy birthday in more ways than one!

Planet Benfica's Chris Santos on Pizzi's fine form.

Benfica celebrated its 111th birthday in style yesterday, treating the 46,712 spectators, and many more watching at home, to one of their best displays of the season and a comprehensive 6-0 thrashing of Estoril. But the occasion and the display weren't the only things giving us cause to rejoice.




Emphatic Benfica crush Estoril

Benfica demolished José Couceiro's Estoril in Estádio da Luz with six goals without reply to increase the gap between second placed side FC Porto to 7 points as title rivals host Sporting tomorrow.

Four goals in the first half was the biggest goal margin in the first 45 minutes by Benfica this season, and there could have been more, watch the highlights above.




SL Benfica x Estoril Squad List

Jorge Jesus confirmed the list of 18 players he has called up to face Estorial this afternoon.

The biggest change since the previous game is the inclusion of Gaitán, which has pushed out Gonçalo Guedes back to his Benfica B role.

One of the below players will not feature on the starting XI or the bench per the norm.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Pizzi, Salvio, Ola John, Talisca, Gaitán, Cristante and Samaris




Jesus demands merit where due

Jorge Jesus gave his views ahead of tomorrow's league encounter at the Luz against Estoril.

"We are into the last third of this championship and we would like to continue with this advantage."

"It's important to remain focused on what is ahead. We will aim to play with pace, be agressive, and create many chances, which would make this game a lot easier."

"Estoril is well organised at the back and they will try to break us in the counter attack or in set pieces."

"But in football two plus plus doesn't always equal four."




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