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2020/2021

SL Benfica

In


Helton Leite (gk) Boavista; Gilberto (def) Fluminense, BRA; Jan Vertonghen (def) Tottenham, ENG; Luca Waldschmidt (mid/att) Freiburg, GER; Pedrinho (mid/att) Corinthians, BRA; Diogo Gonçalves (mid/att) Famalicão - return from loan; Everton 'Cebolinha' (att) Grêmio, BRA; Darwin Nuñez (att) Almeria, SPA

Out


Ivan Zoblin (sp)(gk) Famalicão - on loan; Andrija Zivkovic (mid) PAOK, GRE;

Coming from a massive disappointment, last season, as Benfica was unable to hold the big lead they had half the way through the season. Encarnados dropped form in the turning of the year, but were astonishingly weak in the post-lockdown period. Former club's hero Jorge Jesus was brought in to revive Benfica's lost flame. Jesus was brought after an impressive success in Brazil with Flamengo, last year. The club made a real statement by pairing Jorge Jesus with an impressive investment in the squad. The likes of Everton Cebolinha, Vertonghen, Waldschmidt and Darwin Nuñez were true sign of how serious Encarnados are taking this next season. Expectations for next season are as high as they can be, which might be the club's biggest adversary, this season. Dealing with initial upsets won't be easy after the limit was set very, very high. Squad seems still unsettled, particularly on the way out. But there may be some room for one or two new signings coming in, especially in midfield, since there's an evident lack of a that box-to-box player that JJ always has on his team. The regular XI for the season should be keeping very few units from last season. Rúben Dias, Weigl and Grimaldo (if gets past his injury problems) may be the only names from 2019-20 keeping a spot.

Target


Benfica is the biggest candidate for the title, this season.

Season Review
2019/2020

№2: SL Benfica

Massive failure for the former champions. Fans are still wondering how could their team have lost this one after a solid 7-points lead. Benfica’s depressive form after lockdown was hard to understand. Bruno Lage had all the credit after last season’s impressive comeback and title. This one didn’t start badly either, and things seemed heading for a second title in a row by the end of January. However, the defeat at Dragão in February seemed to have shaken the team and questioned their confidence. A home defeat in the following round and things were not so well anymore. Luckily, rivals Porto were also dropping points here and there. But things totally fell apart after the league restarted from lockdown. Benfica lost 10 points out of possible 15 in the first 5 rounds. Lage didn’t resist this outrage drop of form and was loaded out. But it was already too late. The squad was already in deep depression and distance to leaders was too big. The lack of quality on the squad was exposed. The massive amount received on João Felix’ transfer wasn’t well invested. Carlos Vinícius scored a few goals, but failed to impress; de Tomas was a big flop and winter signing Weigl failed to have an immediate impact. Jorge Jesus arrived for next season, and a big revolution on the squad is expected. The team really needs it in order to be back at success.


Player of the Season: Pizzi

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