Jesus proud of his historical achievement in post-match presser

“We are the rightful champion, with a tight-knit group which has turned weaknesses into strengths. We were always aiming at this objective. Benfica has been leading since the 5th match day and there were two key games: the game against Porto at the Luz and the one against Sporting in Alvalade, where we knew that if we didn’t lose, one of our rivals would be kept out of the race to the title. And that’s what happened; we cancelled the first one, and then the other.”

BENFICA: Portuguese Champions for the 34th time

With the Marquês ready to host the celebrations of dozens of thousands of Benfiquistas this very night, the games Vitória Guimarães x Benfica and Belenenses vs Porto took the centre stage during this 33rd match day. Winning or at least matching Porto’s score would result in retaining the Title for the second consecutive year.

Jorge Jesus press conference: Fejsa in line to replace Samaris

Jorge Jesus claims this week has been nothing short of normal as his side prepare to face Vitória de Guimarães in north of Portugal, a game where Benfica could retain the domestic title for the first time in 31 years, with then manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.

"The expectations are the highest. We have arrived at decision time, where we've always had our head since the beginning of the season, to retain the title. It's been a normal preparation week for us."

"It's true that this game can represent a title. Along the years we have been used to these type of situations, these moments of decision. We work on the basis of an idea and not according to the opponent we are facing. We want to be perfect and work for it."

"Nothing has changes, our DNA remains the same. We have been learning, winning or fighting for titles. This is normal, we are calm."

"It's a game where Benfica can amass three more points and be champions. We are more offensive than defensive. We will feel some difficulties because Vitória are a good team, they know their stadium atmosphere, but we are ready for them."

Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica Preview

This is the game everybody has been talking about in Portugal during the past week. The game which could seal Benfica’s first place, earned and consolidated since the fifth game this season; a game exuding passion, in one of the few grounds truly hostile to the Eagles’ presence. Amidst stories of sorcerers paid for by unnamed club’s president to make Benfica fall at the last hurdle and fans elaborate choreographies, both teams will step in the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium with a heavy responsibility on their shoulders.

Benfica to inaugurate Monterrey stadium

Mexican club CF Monterrey have invited Benfica to play a friendly on 2nd August 2015.

The match will serve to inaugurate their new stadium, Estadio BBVA Bancomer, to replace their current Tecnológico Stadium, and increase their capacity by 15k to 51,000.

Monterrey, also known as Rayados, have four Mexican league titles and currently sit in 12th place in the Mexican top divison.

The match will be broadcasted live on BTV and will also count with the attendance of the President of Mexico.

Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Penafiel

Benfica performed to expectations and comfortably beat bottom side Penafiel, who sealed their relegation to the second tier of Portuguese football.

Lima opened the scoreline early on the 8th minute with a strong header from Maxi Pereira's cross. Salvio won the ball in midfield and countered with pace to assist Jonas at the half hour mark to double Benfica's advantage.

In the second half Pizzi made it three from outside the area with a low placed shot in the corner of Haghighi's goal, who will want to avoid watching any replays of that one.

The full time score was decided a minute later on the 62nd minute when Lima scored his brace after taking full advantage of a miscalculated back pass.

Jonas is now leading the Liga top goalscorers table with 18 to his name, the same as Porto's Jackson Martínez who has a game in hand. Strike partner Lima is just a goal behind.


Squad List: Benfica vs Penafiel

Salvio has returned to options as confirmed by Jorge Jesus in yesterday's press conference. In return, compatriot Argentine winger Nico Gaitán has been ruled out due to injury.

Serbian midfielder Fejsa, who recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and featured in the last couple of games, has not been included.

From the 19 selected one player will be left out.

Benfica are two games away from retaining the Liga crown with Penafiel (H), Guimarães (A) and Marítimo (H) left as opponents.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Lisandro Lopez, André Almeida, Jardel and Eliseu

Midfielders: Salvio, Sulejmani, Pizzi, Samaris, Talisca, Cristante, Ola John and Rúben Amorim

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Benfica x Penafiel Preview

Three games, six points to take to realise this old dream of winning two Ligas in a row. If manager Jorge Jesus has learnt from past euphoria gone sour by giving respect and not underestimating Saturday’s opponents Penafiel, the statistics are there to boost the morale of the Benfiquista nation.

Jesus confirms Salvio return

Jorge Jesus previewed tomorrow's game against relegation battlers Penafiel, but recognised the difficulties his side can face, given that there are only three games left in the season.

"Benfica have a very technical and fast tempo approach to their game. You can only stop this by either your tactical positional quality or with persistent fouling. And it becomes difficult for the defending team when you can't do either. Those clubs that commit many fouls are subject to finish the game with less than eleven players on the pitch."

Marítimo B 2 - 0 Benfica B

Benfica B starting 11:

Bruno Varela; Nelson Semedo, João Nunes, Marcos Valente, Pedro Rebocho; Dawidowicz, Renato Sanches (Nuno Santos, 46m), Elbio Alvarez (Sarkic, 46m); João Carvalho, Diogo Gonçalves, Gonçalo Guedes

Today was the perfect opportunity to catch up with rivals Sporting B ahead of Sunday’s derby -16:00 BST in Seixal-, in a game which should have easily been at Benfica’s grasp. Marítimo B had just come out from a long winning draught - having lost 5 of their last games and drawn 1 -, sitting at the bottom of the table, second last.