Jorge Jesus wants to nullify Nacional's attacking prowess

In today's press conference at Seixal's training campus, manager Jorge Jesus previewed the Liga match where Benfica host Nacional tomorrow.

"We are in the last third of the championship and it's all more than planned. Nacional are stronger than they were earlier in the season and we felt that in the League Cup semi-final. It is going to be a challenging and competitive game. Now, in our stadium, with our fans we are stronger and hope to come out victorious to continue to meet our goals."

Benfica must maintain Nacional form

Benfica return in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this Saturday at 17:00 BST.

This will be the 21st encounter at the Estádio da Luz between the two sides and the team from Madeira have never left with a smile, accumulating 16 defeats and 4 draws so far.

Jorge Jesus' side must maintain this record and preferably record a win to continue to pressure the rivals, especially after last

Nacional currently sit in 9th place, and Benfica triumphed in the first round where they won 2-1 at the Choupana with goals from Jonas and Salvio.

International round-up

Benfica players were in action all over the world during the international break:

Left-back Eliseu played the full 90 minutes as Portugal overcame Serbia 2-1 at the Estádio da Luz. Former Benfica player Fábio Coentrão got on the scoresheet as well as defensive midfielder Matic for the away side. This win leaves Portugal at the top of Group I with 9 points, two more than second placed Denmark.

Benfica Supporters' Club in London, UK

Benfica have over 245 supporter club "homes" spread across the world, a vital connection between the club and the local Benfiquista community. You will find these "casas" across Europe, including Portugal, as well as USA, Canada, Australia, Cape Verde, Macau, and many more.

Action packed April awaits you!

Benfica return in early April once the International break is over. Estádio da Luz is set to receive Portugal as they continue their fight to qualify for the Euro 2016 in France against Serbia.

On 4th April Benfica will host Madeira team Nacional at 17:00 BST, which is then followed by two home games against Académica and league rivals FC Porto. Dates for the latter two are still to be confirmed.

Highlights: Rio Ave 2 - 1 Benfica

Watch highlights of Rio Ave vs Benfica. Salvio put the visitors ahead with a toe poke past Ederson early in the game after a great long pass from Pizzi. The hosts leveled the scoreline on the 74th minute from the penalty spot after Samaris' handball. Júlio César was inches away from saving Ukra's shot. Minutes later Luisâo was shown a straight red for a foul outside the area on Tiago Pinto, the Rio Ave player was through on goal. Forward Del Valle sentenced the game for 10-men Benfica with seconds left on the clock.


International break looms for Benfica players

The dreaded International break looms and one thing we can look forward to is the Benfica players in action, however, as long as they remain injury free and in good match fitness when they return.

A total of 7 first team players have received a call up for their respective international teams, where games will be played in and around the weekend of 28th and 29th March.

Left-back Eliseu will join Fernando Santos' squad, but will remain in Lisbon as Portugal face Serbia in the Euro 2016 qualifier at the Estádio da Luz.

Jesus justifies red cards

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus held his usual pre-match press conference in Seixal where he previewed Saturday's game away to Rio Ave for the Portuguese Liga.

"Whenever Benfica play away the stadiums are full, and that's how it has been in the last few games. The "red wave", or Benfica supporters, are important for the club. They are an enormous strength and the players feel that confidence."

Rio Ave FC x SL Benfica squad list

Jorge Jesus' biggest selection surprise is Uruguayan player Jonathan Rodríguez making the cut.

The striker received the call after quality performances for the B team, especially against Portimonense where he scored a hat-trick.

His inclusion is also directly related to the suspended Gaitán, who will be forced to sit this game out.

Tickets still available for Rio Ave

Supporters who would like to push the team forward at Vila do Conde still have a chance to buy tickets.

Benfica travel north on Saturday to face Rio Ave and tickets are available between €15 to €30, which is now open non-members too and will be on sale until Friday evening or until they sell out.

Jorge Jesus has called for a training session this morning at 10:00 GMT which will take place behind closed doors.

Benfica have 3 days to prepare for this important away game, in a ground which is typically difficult to play in.