Vitória attributes lethargic performance to "abnormal circumstances"

Rui Vitória

There were mixed emotions for Benfica on Tuesday night, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli at the Estádio da Luz, but still qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Eagles knew that they would progress regardless of defeat if Besiktas failed to overcome Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. Dynamo raced into a 4-0 half-time lead, and the news clearly filtered through to the players, leading to a limp and lifeless second half display in Lisbon. Callejón and Mertens got the goals for the Italians, before Raúl snatched a late consolation.




Vitória and Semedo preview crunch Champions League encounter

Benfica do battle with Italian giants Napoli at the Estádio da Luz tonight, with their Champions League fate hanging in the balance. If Beşiktaş lose or draw with Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine this evening, the Eagles are guaranteed to progress to the last 16. If Beşiktaş triumph, however, then Benfica must win to remain in the competition.




Squad List: Benfica x Napoli

There are no surprises in Rui Vitória's squad to face Napoli on Matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage. Benfica are still without Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Eliseu (thigh), André Horta (thigh) and Jonas (foot). Danilo and Andrija Živković are both ineligible.

Tuesday's game kicks off at 19:45 at the Estádio da Luz, and will be officiated by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vieira contests fine and suspension

Luís Filipe vieira

On Wednesday 16th November 2016, it was revealed that Benfica President Luís Filipe Vieira had been handed a fine and a sixty-day suspension by the Disciplinary Council of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF), in response to his criticism of Portuguese referee Manuel Oliveira.




Opinion: News and views from the Napoli camp

Benfica host Napoli at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, conscious that they could still finish first, second or third in Champions League Group B. Ahead of the crunch match, Patrick Kendrick spoke to Diego De Luca of Neapolitan radio station Radio Kiss Kiss, to get an insight into Napoli’s preparations.




Vitória: "The team did enough to get the three points"

Benfica met Marítimo on Friday on the beautiful island of Madeira, and fell to their first league defeat of the 2016/17 season, on Matchweek 12 of the competition. It was a day of celebration for the islanders as they inaugurated a new stand at the Estádio dos Barreiros and defeated the Tricampeões against the odds after 90 minutes played in the pouring rain.




Highlights: Marítimo 2 - 1 Benfica




Vitória does not expect repeat of Marítimo thrashing

Marítimo will be Benfica's opponents on Matchweek 12 of the Liga NOS. Before discussing the upcoming game in his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória offered his support to all of those affected by this week's Colombian air disaster, which claimed the lives of 71 people, including the vast majority of the Chapecoense first team.




Squad List: Marítimo x Benfica

Benfica will travel to Madeira without a natural left-back in their squad. Álex Grimaldo is still struggling with an abdominal problem, while Eliseu picked up a thigh strain in the win over Moreirense. André Almeida is expected to play the role in their absence.

André Horta (thigh) and Jonas (foot) remain sidelined, while Danilo has been overlooked.

The match at the newly-renovated Estádio dos Barreiros gets underway at 20:30 on Friday.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelof, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Celis and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória: "We tired out the opposition"

Following a disappointing result in Istanbul last week, Benfica put together a solid performance against Moreirense on Sunday to seal a decisive 3-0 win. After a Saturday which saw Porto drop points to Belenenses and Sporting scrape past Boavista, the Eagles were able to recover from their midweek frustration to clinch the three points.




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