“I think Flashodemos is not a goalkeeper for Benfica”

“TheHe introduced a bit of gray and several athletes associated with the club largely justify the failure of this season. Many things have gone wrong, and given the news that is coming in, President Rui Costa wants to hit the table. When you change everything or a lot, like about 50% of the team, it will be another season of taking risks”, the former defender of the “Eagles” (1992-1996 and 2002-2004), who led the B team (2013-2018).

Benfica, the record holder in the mace, with 37 points, closed the podium in the 2021/22 edition of the Spanish League with 74 points, 17 points less than the national champion Porto, and 11 points for Sporting, secondly, “stamping” the worst record. Since 2005/06 (in tournaments played with 18 clubs).

“The team was very broad, something old, and I think it was chosen poorly. There were two players in each position, but the first choice was not always much stronger than the second. For example, there was a lot of doubt about the right wing is to prove that Gilberto He was more consistent than Valentino Lazaro and Diogo Gonçalves,” he explains.

Helder Cristovao, 51, praised the performances of Alejandro Grimaldo, Rafa, Gonzalo Ramos and Darwin Nunez, the tournament’s top scorer, with 26 goals, but Adel Taarabt discovered a “loss of consistency” in midfield with Julian Weigl.

“I think Odysseas Vlachodimos is not a goalkeeper for Benfica. It takes a more advanced player and starts building safely, but I must admit that he had an excellent season. Midfielders Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen had a lot of difficulties to adapt to the tournament and with a high mass.”

The “tactical shift” between Nelson Vercimo’s “4-4-2” and “4-2-3-1” systems “did not help”, as did the three-defender midfield adopted by his predecessor Jorge Jesus, with “much” being lost or not. Absolutely earned all season.”

“When you fire a coach, it’s because everyone has failed. Not only the coach is leaving, but the structure as well. When accepting the entry of new managers and trying to shorten the people who will join the main team, with more solid ideas, there is recognition from all that, structurally speaking, that Benfica It wasn’t good,” he assessed.

Hélder Cristóvão makes fixes for ‘too short’ quality of play from ‘Incarnates’, even though they ‘very well’ applied a ‘different strategy’ at ‘specific moments’ en route to the Champions League quarter-finals, without fear of ‘dominance rather than Dominate and play on a low transitional block.

“Now, this model does not work for the championship. Moreover, changing the chip from one game to another costs a lot and the team took a long time to give this answer. And the Champions League is about the goal, even though they always said it was the championship.”

Jorge Jesus and Nelson Verissimo, both losing at home in La Liga and two Champions League defeats, have contributed to an unparalleled record since the opening of the new Estádio da Luz, in 2003, even equaling the record set in Lisbon in 1996. / 97.

“Roger Schmidt is Rui Costa’s bet. Although from a different school, he can be a positive for Portuguese football. We cannot forget that Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp are two of the best coaches in the world at the moment. Roger Schmidt drinks quite a bit of That school and we have to give him some rest. Once the coach is chosen, I am with him 100% and I believe in the ideas he can offer to Benfica,” he said.

Winner of a championship and three Portuguese Cups, Helder-Christovao raises “several questions” about the entry of the 55-year-old German coach, who is at the end of his contract with PSV Eindhoven and has the principle of an agreement with the “Eagles”.

“Will the coach have time? I think so, because there is a two-year contract and the president has been appointed. After that, will Luz’s ‘court’ give him time to implement his ideas? But there are many changes and it will be a very complicated season. Which competition will give more importance? ? In a team under construction, you can never talk about attacking them all at the same time,” he warned.

And the former Portuguese international expects “Benfica roundabout, with possession and play of more than 70% in the opponent’s midfield” after the second consecutive season without titles, in which defeats with FC Porto contributed, in the “eighth” of the Copa de la vie. Portugal, Sporting, in the League Cup final, while the juniors won the unprecedented UEFA Youth League title.

“frequently, [apostar na formação] It is a necessity. I think in my time there was a three or four year plan that included a space for young people, but they have to beat it. This title, which I speak of from experience, which Benfica has been striving for for many years, is very important for the club and the country, but it will not determine who will rise and remain in the first team. This goes through the player’s readiness when he gets there,” he shot.

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