St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

So'ton v Chelsea

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 0 West Ham

Friday, 26 December 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Drought doesn't worry Jesus

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus will not let the hoodoo of a 51-year European trophy drought distract his players from beating Chelsea to Europa League glory on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 14/05/13 at 16:29 Post Comment

Jorge Jesus: Focused on ending European trophy drought

Jorge Jesus: Focused on ending European trophy drought

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Jesus is reminded on a daily basis of the European Cup triumphs of 1961 and 1962 especially considering that, despite reaching six continental finals in the meantime, the Portuguese giants have come up short for more than 50 years.

Jesus told UEFA.com: "I know that Benfica's great moment in sporting history was in the 1960s. I was born in 1954, but I know the history of the club because I have read about it and it is illustrated in photos at the training ground.

"Winning the Europa League would be a very important moment in the club's history, and for the players and staff.

"Getting to the final is a great achievement in itself but coming away victorious would be even greater.

"Benfica are always under pressure when they play and we know that in every competition we take part in, the aim is to get to the final and win."

The 58-year-old coach is relishing the opportunity to tackle last year's Champions League winners Chelsea, who boast a pair of Benfica graduates, in Amsterdam.

"It's our pleasure to face Chelsea, to share a final with opponents that were once my players," he added.

"They have David Luiz and Ramires, but I'm not forgetting about Paulo Ferreira and Hilario. That is an important thing to note, and we're happy to meet them in the final."

Argentinian midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, who has appeared in all eight of Benfica's Europa League matches, is eager to help the current crop of Eagles make history.

He said: "I know that it has been a long time since Benfica reached a European final.

"I know that they are a team with a lot of victories in the past. Now we have a chance to achieve that as well. So in terms of history, the time is now.

"It doesn't matter if you win two games here or three games there, it's all about how you play and what happens on the day [of the final]. You have to do well on that day and nothing else."

The 25-year-old added: "You've been watching this since you were a child and now it is a reality and you've made it.

"I am very happy, because you dream about this as a child. Now that we are here, we want to win it, and I am sure it's the same for Chelsea."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property