Toni, former coach and captain of Benfica, approves a trip to the January market to shorten and make the squad more competitive.
Nélson Veríssimo has already announced his intention to reduce the number of players in the squad: fewer elements without enough game minutes is something that could spark the fight for a place in the eleven. The month of January is good for this move, admits Toni, in an interview with White ball.
“This is a phase of readjustment in the squads. Nélson Veríssimo starts to feel the pulse of the team and will know, better than anyone, what it takes to improve. The team is above all and the coach knows which players he needs and how many he needs to make the group profitable and attack the second round of the championship”, says the coach.
Well in the first part, careless in the second
After two consecutive defeats against FC Porto, the second already under the command of the new coach, the reds took advantage of their return home to return to good results, against Paços de Ferreira.
Although the performance was not brilliant, Benfica won the three points and reduced the difference to Sporting to four.
In Toni’s opinion, more was expected from Benfica, who were negligent and proved to play better against 11 in the first half, in which “he was pressing and created several goal situations”, than against ten in the second.
“Benfica did a good first-half, ending up scoring in the last minutes. Paços de Ferreira rarely reached Benfica’s goal. In the second-half, playing against ten, I expected Benfica to have another attitude, [mas] it was careless. Even so, the victory was completely fair”, considers the former captain incarnate.
Benfica defeated Paços de Ferreira at Estádio da Luz by 2-0, with goals from João Mário and Grimaldo. The next opponent is Moreirense, also, in Luz, on Saturday, at 18:00. Game with live report on Renaissance and monitoring, up to the minute, in rr.sapo.pt.
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