‘Vertonghen has problems at Benfica’

At first sight Standard seems to have no chance against Benfica. The Rouches miss a number of players and there are a lot of great people at the Portuguese top club. Football news asked Pedro Ponte, a journalist with the Portuguese Record, about the strength of Benfica and the status of Jan Vertonghen and Mile Svilar.

“Benfica has taken a lot of steps forward this season in terms of individual quality of the players. With Otamendi, Vertonghen, Darwin Núñez and Everton Soares, internationals were attracted with a lot of quality and Jorge Jesus was brought back as coach to take the club to the next level in Europe. bring.”

In the competition Benfica shows off with a 15 out of 15, in Europe it already went wrong. “The problem is that the expectations at the start of the season were so high. The elimination in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League against PAOK was a big sporting and financial downer, but in Portugal Benfica is currently one step higher than FC Porto and Sporting. CP. “

“The great strength of Benfica lies in the attacking part. The attack is great and Benfica scores so easily. In the back they had some problems in the first weeks of the competition. With Vertonghen and Otamendi two new players came, but right behind André. Almeida suffered injuries. He is out for the rest of the season and left back Grimaldo did not reach his best level. He also was injured in the last match. Benfica has an almost completely new starting line-up, so it will take some time before that one smooth becomes whole. “

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Vertonghen adapts well

Jan Vertonghen is a basic player, but his level has yet to rise. “Vertonghen has adapted quickly to the club and the city of Lisbon. He has some problems getting to his best level, but this may also be linked to the way of playing Benfica, which is different from that of Tottenham. think that he will soon reach his top level alongside Otamendi, making Benfica’s defensive block stronger. “

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Svilar left Anderlecht too early

Things are not going so well for Mile Svilar. He is the third goalkeeper and is currently stagnating. “When Svilar came to Benfica, I spoke to his father Ratko and then said that I thought he had come to Benfica too early to make it to the first team. He should have played for the second team first and he was on loan the following year. to another Portuguese club. Benfica already tackled it in the past with Ederson Moraes (now Manchester City, ed.). “

However, the start was promising with some playing opportunities. “I was at Old Trafford when he started against Manchester United and he even saved a penalty. He was criticized afterwards when he made a mistake against Man Utd in Estádio da Luz. That was a normal mistake for a young player who had just started. came to look at the window, but people within Benfica wanted him to move quickly and that was not good for him. Last summer Heerenveen was mentioned, but there were still teams who wanted to hire him. Benfica decided to keep him, however, because Zlobin club and they could not attract another goalkeeper… “

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