Benfica coach Joel Rocca talks about the team’s ambition before the Futsal Championship quarter-finals.
Benfica coach Joel Rocha said any of the eight teams participating in the UEFA Futsal Champions League Final “could be the winner”, leaving them all “on an equal footing and in conditions”.
The “eight” of the continental competition are concentrated in one week, in Zadar, Croatia, where they face Benfica Kazakhstan from Kyrat in the quarter-finals, focusing on what they control “100%”, ie their identity. Organization, behaviors, actions and reactions.
“Any one of the eight teams in the competition can be a winner. All teams will travel to Croatia with the goal of winning the competition, either first or eighth in the ranking. The eight teams start, on this assumption, with equal favoritism and circumstances,” Joel Rocha considered in Statements by Lusa.
The Eagles coach understands that the match against Khairat is the “most balanced” in the quarter-finals, even because of the two teams’ European ranking, with Benfica occupying fifth place and Kazakhstan fourth, which “presupposes balance”.
“I have no doubt that it will be a very divided game, where we will do our best to be more focused, focused, available, attentive, and ready for what the game dictates, and so on, at the end of the forty minutes, he can leave the winners of that match.”
In the latest edition, the two teams met in the Elite Tour, winning 5-3 in red, but at the time they were both eliminated, with “no similarities with respect to that match”, based on the differences between the two teams.
“We have Tibi who was in Cairat and who knows them well, but Cairat has Fernandinho who was in Benfica and knows us well. Therefore, they are two teams who will cross and know each other well,” warned the coach, in Benfica for seven seasons.
As for the Champions League, Joel Rocha received the good news with the entire team’s presence, with goalkeepers Andre Souza, Diego Roncalio and key players Hossein Tibi and Jacquary, who were both absent from recent commitments due to injury, recovered.
“Fortunately, with all of our participating departments working, Benfica will travel to Croatia with the full squad and fit in. After that, it will be up to my responsibilities and decisions to manage and improve the team,” the coach said.
The players, “with each passing day, more and more willing to travel and ready to referee to whistle to start playing”, with a desire to show their skills and qualities in the first match, in order to “win and stay in the race”.
“I am convinced that the team has capabilities and preparations, and this preparation approximates excellence. All this, with our commitment, ambition and will, can bring us closer to victory, but the result is only and only result,” wrinkled.
Thus, Benfica’s goal is to “arrive on Wednesday ready to face the city head-on, brave and with an identity”, in order to outrun the opponent and continue to compete that offers a “competitive framework of distinction and election”.
“They will be games of excellence, and the whole world will follow. I am especially happy, but whatever the competitive environment, it is up to us to prepare the team to perform to the best of its ability,” he said.
Benfica, winner of the Champions League in the 2009-2010 season, faces Khairat on Wednesday at 15:00 local time (14:00 on the Portuguese mainland), and in the event of victory, he faces, on Saturday, the winner of the European match. Barcelona champion from Spain, and FK Dobovec from Slovenia.
The final is scheduled to take place on Monday, 20:00 local time (19:00), and all matches will be played at the Dvorana Kresimir Koric wing in Zadar, Croatia.