Benfica coach Bruno Lage said today that the team are motivated and ambitious to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, while acknowledging the power of the Germans.
Bruno Lage, who was speaking at a press conference previewing this first-leg match of the Europa League quarter-finals, admitted that the main goal of the 'incarnates' is to win the national championship, but stresses that this does not detract from the objectivity to the team.
"We are going to see the best team based on what we have decided, our analysis of the opponent, we are going to choose the best eleven to win the game, whatever the competition is, we start with the goal of winning. championship, but that does not inhibit us from wanting to win, "he said.
Benfica will have 52 points and the Bundelisga's third best attack (56 goals), behind Bayern Munich (74) and second-placed Borussia Dortmund (66).
"In the Europa League, the most important thing is to understand the way the opponents play. It is a very strong team in the offensive transitions, which is typical of German football, we have to know how to exploit, when we have ball, the spaces that these systems offer. well and win the game.This is how we start for each game.We aim to make a good game and win the match, "he concluded.
Benfica will host Eintracht Frankfurt at 20:00 on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, which will be headed by Englishman Anthony Taylor.