"Benfica are one of the best sides in the group and their current placing doesn’t reflect their level. They played in the final of the Europa League last season, they’re the reigning Portguese champions and are currently top of their domestic league. We respect them, that’s important, but we’re only focusing on victor."
"Benfica have stayed faithful to their philosophy over the last two or three years. They’ve lost several players, but have made good signings and retained a high level squad."
"Jorge Jesus has got some big results with this team. He’s coached some great sides. I’ve never beaten him before, but hopefully this time will be the first."
"We need to keep following our own path. The team is better now than it was at the start of the league season. We have a promising future, because over 60% of our players are under 21. The future will smile on us."