António Paulo, Sporting’s assistant coach, assured on club television that it was a “new game”, even after the Lions’ back-to-back wins against Benfica.
“It’s very complicated to make predictions. Also, Benfica have new players since the last time we played, so it will always be a new team to face and it’s not easy to understand what these new players players can provoke and bring to impact. previous results meant we were superior in the four official games with them. We were superior because we had a strong spirit in the game to be on top, that’s all. The best game ever was for European competitions and obviously we would like to express those good feelings on the pitch. That is, in the end, what these victories can bring us.”