Podcast 183 – Castaway from Contention

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In this week’s episode….

We start off the podcast by looking back at Benfica’s game at Vitoria de Setubal. A 4 goal win over a good Setubal game, where the scoreline hides some of the team’s deficiencies, nonetheless a win. We discuss Samaris’ inclusion in the starting 11 and how that affected Benfica’s midfield.
Next up, we look back at the make up game Benfica played in the Madeira island where Benfica were unable to beat mediocre Uniao da Madeira team. Benfica was unable to break down the defensive bus, and looked out of ideas to grab the important 3 points that would allow Benfica to stay in the race. We discuss Vitoria’s choices and, the likelihood Benfica may have fallen out of title contention with the tie result. We offer some reality on would could very well be a transition year for Benfica and Rui Vitoria.

In the second half of the podcast, we briefly discuss Benfica’s Champions League drawing of Zenit for the next round. Also in our look ahead, we preview this weekend’s game at Estadio Da Luz against Rio Ave. To close out, we discuss the Euro 2016 drawing and the teams that were grouped together with the Selecao in the group stages of this upcoming summers competition.

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Author: Alfredo Fumacas

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