Rui Costa: “In the starting, Roger Schmidt was not the chosen coach”

Rui Costa recalled this Friday in an interview with BTV the course of of selecting Roger Schmidt to be the coach of Benfica, after realizing that the German coach was not the first title he determined to take over the staff in 2022/23.

“What we see in Roger Schmidt is an excellent recreation. We need an thrilling and irritating recreation at the membership. I admit that initially I was not a coach, as a result of we did not know if he could be comfy at PSV. From the second we knew that we might not do it once more, we made a small step. Surprisingly, fortuitously, Roger Schmidt he was additionally inquisitive about teaching Benfica. I already knew him – we had two qualifiers with him, with PSV and Leverkusen – and his groups have at all times performed very thrilling soccer. In the first dialog with Roger Schmidt, I was positive that I might be the subsequent coach of Benfica. We are at an early stage , however everybody may be very glad and I’m positive Roger Schmidt is simply too”, he emphasised.

Rui Costa additionally mentioned he had chosen a overseas coach, contrasting this with the “success report” many non-national coaches had at the Reds, though he praised the Portuguese coaches’ abilities.

Regarding the preparations for 2022/23 and the work that happened in the summer season, the Benfica president mentioned that “a giant factor” has been performed to restructure the soccer staff and provides it one other model, at the identical time. the objective of lowering the wage invoice was achieved.

“29 gamers left Benfica’s wage. That was one in all the locations. And the predominant objective was to offer colour to the Benfica staff and I feel it was achieved. Cleaning? There isn’t any cleansing, as a result of no Benfica participant is trash. What we did was to restructure the staff. The first objective: the predominant high quality is the competitors: this staff is extra uniform, extra united and has higher high quality than final 12 months’s staff”, he mentioned confidently.

Rui Costa defined intimately when it will likely be attainable to avoid wasting and go away about 30, some everlasting, some loans. “We managed to cut back wages by about 21 p.c, in the order of 15 million euros. This quantity will not be very excessive, as a result of our subsequent step will likely be the renewal of our younger gamers. But it will likely be in the order of 16/17 p.c, whereas our predominant objective will likely be to succeed in 10 to 12.5 p.c.”

There had been 30 gamers in Benfica’s squad, a quantity that the Eagles supervisor thought of excessive however he discovered causes for it.

“I’ve the opinion that the group of gamers between 25 and 27 is sufficient. We will not have greater than 21 gamers in the group. Starting from 21, to finish the group, we may have our youth from the formation. (…) If we take a look at the group that has 30 gamers, we’ve got three injured gamers. We imagine that Lucas Veríssimo is already in the break. In the final recreation earlier than going to Lisbon, João Victor suffered an damage that’s not severe by way of his future in soccer, however which is a painful damage to heal and takes a very long time . At the second we’ve got 28 years and Morato’s damage, whereas Vertonghen was already on his solution to Belgium, leads us to a different helpful function, John Brooks. This makes 30 gamers. In this factor we might not attain the quantity we wished however we even have an evidence for it » , he defined, confirming that there’s an settlement with the instructor.

“On the different hand, most seasons are performed till the World Cup. Roger Schmidt is not frightened in any respect about the variety of gamers he has. We have a quantity that satisfies you.”


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