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Benfica advances to the Champions Draw: Potential Opponents

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This Monday, Benfica will face off against an opponent from the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

The draw is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the number of possible opponents has been determined, albeit tentatively, as they may depend on the duels in the second qualifying round that are yet to be played.

In any case, let’s recall the possible rivals of Jorge Jesus’ team, which has seed status:

– Genk

– Spartak Moscow

– winner of the PSV-Galatasaray match

– winner of the Rapid-Sparta match

It should be noted that Paços de Ferreira and Santa Clara will also play the draw this Monday, but in the third qualifying round of the new UEFA Conference League, when the Azores team still has to go through the second qualifying round, against Shkupi from North Macedonia.

As for the third qualifying round, the list of possible opponents for the Portuguese representatives is much wider, but it will be reduced: UEFA will form six groups of eight teams and a group of six teams to speed up the draw. This distribution will be revealed until the very draw, and then a “key” will be drawn that will apply to all groups, thus defining the duel.

This means that before the start of the draw, scheduled for 13 hours, the pool of possible opponents will be reduced.

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BALL – “Obviously we could have won: we are developing” (Torrince)

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BALL - "Obviously we could have won: we are developing" (Torrince)

Torrense manager Pedro Moreira has lamented the attacking waste of the Ligue 2 formation he manages, which was isolated in charge of League Cup Group H on Tuesday evening, after a 2-2 draw with Estoril in the League Cup match. the fourth round of the group, held at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota stadium in Estoril.

“It was important to enter the game confidently and organized defensively. We took advantage of the first scoring chances we had. Since then, we have created more opportunities than during the construction process, more than enough for us to win and implement,” the Ligue 2 lineup coach of 17th and penultimate told Sport TV, but this continues. in the race for the “quarters” of the League Cup and left a good image in Amoreira.

“We had less possession but more opportunities. That’s why I say that we clearly could have won the game. This team should, as I said, develop, you can see it. I have to send this signal of confidence: they got the better of the game, they created danger with good possession, they created chances. I have to be satisfied and this is already looking at the important game that we will have in Ligue 2 [Tondela]”, concluded Pedro Moreira.

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Qatar began dismantling the 974 stadium for the 2022 World Cup

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Qatar began dismantling the 974 stadium for the 2022 World Cup



This Monday, the stadium hosted the seventh and final game of Mundial 2022.

This Tuesday, Estádio 974 began to be dismantled, the day after the seventh and final game of Mundial 2022, to make way for green spaces and recreational areas.

Brazil’s 4-1 victory over South Korea in the 2022 Mundial Round of 16 was the last game at the stadium, which hosted six more games in the tournament, including Portugal’s 3-2 debut against Ghana on 24 November. , for group N.

The hull was built from 974 sea containers, thus receiving the telephone country code (00974), and was the first of three bidders to disappear after the “eighths”.

This morning, all the tarps and nets surrounding the stadium have been removed and the surrounding areas have been cleared, a process that is taking place even before the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The work was estimated at 300 million euros and became the first collapsible stadium in the history of the World Cup, which allows you to quickly assemble and disassemble it.

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BALL – “Cristiano has a great influence on his opponents” (Portugal)

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Leonel Pontes is convinced that the team led by coach Murat Yakin will bet on eleven with slight changes in relation to the teams participating in the group stage. The Portuguese coach also emphasizes the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo in the behavior of the opposing teams and recalls that the Swiss national team is based on the major European leagues.

– How will Switzerland play against Portugal?

– He will play in a 4x2x3x1 formation, where the basic eleventh is left with very little change. Defensive sector with Gregor Sobel of Borussia Dortmund in the back line and right-back Widmer of Mainz, Rodriguez of Torino as left-back and centre-back Akanji of Manchester City and Elvedi of Borussia. He usually has two defensive midfielders left: Freuler from Nothing Forest and Xhaka from Arsenal. Up front and as an attacking midfielder Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sow, Chicago Fire’s Shaqiri and Augsburg’s Vargas on the flanks and as Monaco’s Embolo’s offensive defensive midfielder.

– Eleven people, many of whom play in the best European leagues …

– Yes. Base 11 players mainly play in the two most competitive leagues in the world, English and German. In this order of ideas, this is a selection with players of high technical and tactical quality, strong physically and with a strong mentality. They have the advantage that they have already beaten us several times and believe that the games against Portugal are balanced despite the 4-0 defeat in the Nations League. He has an alternative system: 3x5x2 with 3 central defenders, 3 midfielders and 2 forwards, which can create various problems and be a surprise factor in the game.

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– What is the strength of Switzerland?

– The base team has been playing together for a long time and the quality/experience of its players. The central corridor, from striker to goalkeeper, is very high quality and consistent. A very compact team in defense, mostly in the mid-low block. Very dangerous in fast attacks and counterattacks. A lot of physical strength in duels.

What about weaknesses?

– They attack with a small number of players and with an opponent behind the ball, they lack arguments to get chances. If they remain without the ball for a long time, they tend to increase the distance between the lines and allow them to play inside.

– How do you assess the Portuguese team in terms of strengths?

– A mentality in games with a higher degree of competitiveness and the elimination of the technical, tactical qualities and irreverence of its players associated with the work of Joao Felix, Bernardo and Bruno Fernandes. We have the best player in the world, Cristiano, who has a huge impact on his opponents.

What about weaknesses?

– The difficulty of creating scoring chances in teams closed in the middle block. Difficulty in attacking teams playing in defense with a line of 5 players. The lack of width in the game, taking the game too far into the center aisle. Lack of intensity and speed in the circulation of the ball, which makes the game more predictable. Lack of depth on the sides and slight imbalance in situations and 1v1. Few crosses and few chances to create a gate for the striker.

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– The best Portuguese player in the first stage…

-Bruno Fernandez

– The best game in Portugal…

– Com Uruguayan

– What would you bet on in the match against Switzerland?

– Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot, Ruben Diaz, Pepe, Rafael Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Otavio, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva and Cristianos Ronaldo.

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