Benfica coach left his analysis to this first leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-final.
[dropcap type=”background”]B[/dropcap]enfica beat Sporting Sporting Clube de Portugal on Wednesday 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup. At the end of the match, Bruno Lage was a man satisfied with the result and the display of his team.
The team had good times, lost gas, but controlled: We are having very good moments. I agree with you. In the last minutes, I felt the need to change, but I had already made all the substitutions. Maybe that’s why we gave Sporting a chance to miss and reduce. We still have a player. I always said that the reinforcements were at home and I am fully satisfied with the provision of Ferro. It was a balanced first half, but the second half was ours. We’ve always had more opportunities, we could have done more and then that’s it. We started to have no ball, we started to press on the emotion, we gave some space to Sporting. It’s the result, but it’s an important game.
Euphoria ?: I did not feel it. We had closed to analyze, to work, to evolve. Vi was a good response from Sporting. He tried to nullify us, more cautious and managed to do this for some time. We are having our moments, but the most important is this. Consolidate game by game what is ours. To conclude, it was an important but not decisive game.
Re-win the supporters first: I feel that people have fun watching our game. But this has to happen in every game. People know that we have good players and they have to play in this way for supporters to support. That’s our job. Thus, supporters support the way they supported, 90 minutes always pulling for us.
Jardel: I still do not know anything, let’s evaluate the injury. But it is as I tell you, I am satisfied with everyone and even more so with what is the provision of Iron. It’s another boost from our team.