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    “The players feel it on the pitch when they play, and they felt like it was quite easy to win against CSKA and Basel, but difficult to beat Benfica. The game could easily have been 0-0 or 1-1. Benfica were much better than those two other teams, tactically and *collectively. I wasn’t disappointed with the performance of Benfica. In small groups, a bad result in the first match can give you a bad feeling for the rest of the games. I’ve seen the game against CSKA over and over again and it’s difficult to see how Benfica lost it.”

    “We have so many matches and if we can qualify tomorrow, it would be better. If we can qualify in first place, you cannot say it would be better in terms of the last-16 draw than finishing second in the group because sometimes you finish first and get bad draws, but football is football and we’d prefer to finish first than second. Let’s try to qualify first though. Benfica are a better team than Basel and CSKA. Yes, they are in a difficult position and now they can really only expect to get enough points to go into the Europa League. So they are going to try to get at least a point from our match. Since we played in Lisbon they have won both of their matches. I think they are more confident, they are more Benfica than two weeks ago, so I expect a difficult match.”
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