Grujic reports on ‘Benfica’s consolation’ and stresses: ‘We could hardly have done more in the Champions League’ – FC Porto

The Serbian midfielder analyzes the success of the season and his role in the Conceição team

Marko Grujic analyzed FC Porto’s season crowned by the conquest of the championship and the Portuguese Cup to play against a Tondela “which is fighting for its survival” but in front of which the dragons must be “extremely careful”. The fact that the whites and blues ended up in third place in the Champions League group is considered normal by the Serbian midfielder. “We were in an extremely strong group in the elite competition. We won third place, below Liverpool and At. Madrid and ahead of Milan. We knocked out Lazio and lost to Lyon in the Europa League. Champions, the details were decisive in the second European Competition, we could have overtaken Lyon, as well as there was an opportunity against Lazio to turn the duel in favor of the Italian team. ‘Team equality, maybe no one was waiting for Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers are fighting for the Europa League,’ he told ‘Zurnal’ in an interview. The merit attributed to Sérgio Conceição is unequivocal. “He kept everything under control, he did everything to keep us as focused as possible throughout the season. He didn’t allow us to underestimate any opponent and his merits for the national title are enormous”, reiterated the Serbian international. Grujic expected to fight Benfica for the title, but then came ‘surprising Sporting’.

“Benfica are our biggest rivals and they have invested a lot of money, we and they have entered all the leagues as the main contenders for the throne. Sporting surprised last season by taking the top spot after ten years. [n.d.r. 19]. Benfica replaced longtime manager Jorge Jesus; in the fall, after major changes in the team. Third place cannot satisfy them, the consolation is participation in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” said the ex-Liverpool.

About the use in the team, the fact that he is not an absolute starter in the blue and white team and plays several times in the Champions is explained in this way. “The coach decided so for tactical reasons. I played more often when we lacked physical strength in midfield. I was always the most professional and dedicated to my obligations,” Grujic guaranteed.

By Flavio Miguel Silva


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