Benfica pair Jorge Jesus and Ruben Amorim have declared they are all set to face the Bianconeri without fear tomorrow night at Juventus Stadium, insisting they won’t abandon their usual attacking approach for this decisive Europa League semi-final second leg.
Speaking first in the Eagles’ press conference at the home of the Bianconeri was manager Jesus, who began by saying his side will be looking to play their own game despite the tough challenge that lies ahead: “It will be difficult, but we’ve got the upper hand in the tie and we won’t change who we are.
“Juventus have shown that they’re a strong side by reaching this stage, but we’ll face this fixture as we do every game.”
Jesus went on to state his belief that managing to beat Juve’s goalkeeper tomorrow night would constitute an important step towards Benfica’s potential passage to the final.
“We firmly believe we need to score – that will be the key to qualification. Thanks to the strong technical ability of our side, we can look to play an attacking game.”
The Benfica boss concluded by stating his belief that his men will not be fazed by the roar of a sell-out home crowd keen to see Juventus return for the Europa League final on 14 May.
“We follow Serie A attentively in Portugal and we know about the stadium. The Estadio Luz holds 65,000 supporters, though, so we’re used to fiery atmospheres.”
Reiterating Jesus’ vow that the visitors will be sticking to their traditional pre-match routine and game plan was Amorim, sitting alongside his boss in the Juventus Stadium press suite.
The 29-year-old midfielder commented: “It’s a complicated game, but we’ve prepared for it just as we always do.
“Our strategy will remain the same: that’s our style of play. We’ve studied Juve and we know what we have to do to achieve qualification.”