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."

Sport Lisboa e Benfica: 111 years!

Benfica, 111 years

Tomorrow, 28th February 2015, Sport Lisboa e Benfica celebrates its 111th year of glory and the club has an event filled weekend.

Founded in 1904, Benfica was led by president José Rosa Rodrigues who was chosen to head the club at an agreement in a local pharmacy where the paperwork was signed, straight after the first training session which took place at 11:00 until 12:30 all those years ago.

Early morning tomorrow at 10:00 local time the club will hand out special celebratory rings to commemorate members who have reached their 25th, 50th and 75th year.

Benfica youths through to quarter-finals

Benfica beat Liverpool this afternoon 2-1 at the Caixa Futebol Campus in Seixal, south of Lisbon.

The UEFA Youth League match saw English giants Liverpool travel to Portugal for the one legged round, which gave slight advantage to the home side but deservedly so as they topped their group.

Benfica took the lead through Hildeberto Pereira who was a menace throughout the game. Liverpool's Sergi Canós equalised within 2 minutes and the game was open for the winner.

Jorge Jesus escapes suspension

Benfica's previous league game had its fair share of refereeing madness, whether correct or incorrect, it won't cause unrest at the Benfica camp as they brushed aside Moreirense.

Both Jorge Jesus and his counterpart Miguel Leal were sent off to the stands for leaving their technical areas and entering the pitch. They were fined 39 euros and will not need to serve a suspension as the league saw sense that both were trying to calm the situation down when a red card was brandished.