Benfica ajax 2019

benfica ajax 2019

What happened in the Ajax vs Benfica match?

Ajax 0-1 Benfica (2-3 aggregate) You have to say, that is a fine backs-to-the-wall performance by Benfica. Ajax was so, so wasteful at times, but that was partly due to the visitors’ defensive shape, and the way they closed down.

Why did Benfica go with Gabriel instead of Pizzi?

It was a surprise to see Benfica go with Gabriel in the centre instead of the experienced and quick Pizzi. Their formation was also different than any other match they’ve played, as they decided for the first time to go with a 4-1-4-1 instead of a 4-3-3. Other than that, the team news was as expected.

How good have Benfica been at defending?

And at the other times, Benfica have been on hand to hustle and harry and win back possession. 85 min: This, at the moment, is the absolute classic smash-and-grab from Benfica. They have defended beautifully and with real determination and spirit.

How can Ajax create chances in the game?

As you can see in this image, four Ajax players are moving towards the side of the ball in order to create an overload as Hakim Ziyech is free on the right flank. By doing this Ajax could create chances at any time of the game, as with one pass they could find a free player or create a 1 v 1 situation.

Who won the match between Benfica and Ajax?

54,066. Darwin Nunez scores late winner for Benfica at Ajax to send the Portuguese club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in six years; the sides drew 2-2 in the first leg

Who are finishing the stronger-Ajax or Benfica?

79 min: Benfica are finishing the stronger. Ajax, superior for most of the match, look like they’d do well to get away on level terms. Having said that, Halle has just cracked on over the bar from the edge of the area.

What to expect from Ajax v Benfica?

5 min: If the opening five minutes are anything to go by, Ajax are going to have most of the ball and Benfica are going to sit tight-but not too deep-and look for chances to spring forward on the counter.

Are Benfica out of this?

66 mi n: Benfica are not out of this yet, thanks mainly to Ajax’s wasteful finishing. Mazraoui has to make a last-gasp tackle to deflect the ball out for a corner.

How good is Benficas scouting system?

Benficas scouting system is the envy of Europe. In the last decade the Portuguese champions have got into the habit of unearthing gems from European footballs backwaters and selling them on for massive profits.

What is Benficas business model?

Benfica have a business model of selling on stars for massive profit They have bought stars on the cheap and developed them in Lisbon Examples include Manchester Citys Ederson, Victor Lindelof and Luka Jovic They have also produced Joao Felix and Bernardo Silva from their academy

Who is Paulo Magalhaes and what is his Benfica academy?

The Benfica academy technical coordinator has seen dozens of his charges rise through the ranks to the first team in his 15 years at the club. His dream is coming closer to fruition but, unfortunately for Magalhaes, the graduates may not achieve it in the red of the Portuguese giants.

How did Benfica get Ederson?

There is arguably no finer example of Benficas excellent scouting system than the fact that they were able to pick up Ederson from fellow Portuguese outfit Rio Ave in 2015 for a paltry six-figure sum and sell him to Manchester City just two years later for a whopping £35m.

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