Sunday , April 18 2021

Ajax attracts the border between hope and defeat for Benfica



Benfica play all or nothing in the Champions League on Wednesday, at the worst stage of the season, with up to three consecutive defeats. A new defeat against Ajax in Estádio da Luz will undoubtedly remove the Rui Vitória team from the qualifying round to the last 16 and further aggravate the crisis with unpredictable consequences. The result is built by the team on the Europa League line and only the triumph makes it possible to keep the dream of continuity in the proof of a millionaire.

From a financial standpoint, this catastrophe is not absolute, since it has reached € 45.65 million, related to the group presence and the win against AEK Athens (€ 2.7 million), but it is certain that defeat means that the team that heads until the eighth, he will no longer have 9.5 million euros, and then battles Greece with a place in the European League, which prices are much lower than the main event of UEFA.

Finance and Rui Vitoria

As for the sporting issue, the disaster is greater when it has not reached a point in the past, evaluation UEFA, whose importance increases, because the better the position at future entrances to the group stages of the Champions League, the bigger it will be. In order to get a sense of the seriousness of the situation, it is enough to say that at the end of the 2016-17 season, Benfica was ninth and now occupies … the 22nd place.

And will Rui Vitoria be threatened if Benfica does not win Ajax? This is the question that many benfiquistas supporters have at this time. It should be remembered that last week, President Luís Filipe Vieira said he is convinced that he will not leave the club without obtaining a European title and noted that the way to get there is very different from the one that has been in the last two seasons because Benfica won only one in nine games.

Rui Vitória has this heavy burden on his back, to which must be added a complicated phase that passes through Benfica, which is in a series of three consecutive defeats: Ajax and Belenenses and Moreirens at home.

Álvaro Magalhães, a former incarnation coach and coach, reminded DN that "the coaches always depend on the results" and admitted that the outcome of the match with Ajax "is very important" for Rui Vitoria, although it emphasizes that "in Benfica, throws coach ". He remembered an episode that illustrated his idea: "Jorge lost three years in a row and in the Portuguese Cup final when defeated by V. Guimarães, Jesus was humiliated by the fan, I saw with my eyes, No one told me, And what happened? "Luis Filipe Vieira held the coach and won two more years."

Goal and victory deficit

Another fact that demonstrates that the problem is even more complex and beyond the current technique should be borne in mind. It is precisely that the incarnators showed only a few professions from the formation of masters who were created in 1992-93, because in 14 games in the group only four of them achieved 50% victory, that is, three victories in six matches: one with Rui Vitória (2015-16), two with Jorge Jesus (2011-12 and 2013-14) and first appearance with Artur Jorge (1994-95). But it's more: Benfica has never won four matches in all six games, although they can still do that, but will have to beat Ajax and AEK Athens in Luz and Bayern in Munich.

This is a situation that contrasts with his inner rivals, especially Porto, who has achieved four victories five times, and one has even achieved five victories. And even Sporting, who got less in the Champions League, had already achieved four-time victories in the group – that was 2008-2009, when Paulo Bento was a coach.

As far as the goals are concerned, the record is not so famous, as in 81 matches Benfica made in the Champions League groups scored 88 goals and 105 and if we analyzed each of the shows only three times with a positive balance at this stage of the competition: Rui Vitória in years 2015-16 (+2), Jorge Jesus in 2011-12 (+4) and Artur Jorge between 1994-95 (+4).

At this point, the balance is in two negative goals when Benfica has three games. It is thanks to Rui Vitória, who in the first two seasons in the service of the incarnated has achieved ten goals in six games, which is the best mark of the Light team in group stages of the champions.

Rui Vitoria with a worse average win

Another situation that needs to be considered due to the incarnation in the history of the group stages of the Champions League is the history of each coach, with Rui Vitória having the worst winning streak, with only six victories in 21 games in relation to four still incomplete participants, which makes average of 28.5% of the games won. Jorge Jesus achieved eleven victories in 30 games in five appearances in the group, representing an average of 36.6%.

José Antonio Camacho, Fernando Santos, Ronald Koeman, Greame Souness and Artur Jorge have only one place in the group stage of the Champions League, the last one being the only one to win 50% in the competition, which corresponds to three wins and three remittances they are 24 years old.

More than the run of each champion in the Champions League, Álvaro Magalhães assumes that "Benfica must be among the best" in European football, and in this sense pretends that "Champions League is important for the prestige of coaches, players and above all two clubs." In this sense, he believes that if Ajax faces the incarnated "fight and the maxim in the field, fans will support", so you forget the last few pieces.

To return to the triumph on Wednesday, a former Benficy player recalls his experience in the industry when he says "the team must have a lot of psychological strength and be a real team in the field." "In this game, as in other games, it is more important than playing well," he said.


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