“I sold the Ligue II dream, but Benfica’s priorities were different”

In the farewell to the technical command of Benfica B, António Oliveira admitted that the Reds’ objective was to win the League II title, but this possibility was mortgaged given the Red Club’s priorities.

“It’s worth appreciating what this team has done, getting to fourth or fifth place, if we’re fourth it’s the best ranking ever, we broke a record of wins and goals, we were the best team to play away and, if we managed to materialize that at home, we could maybe… but I realized two months ago that it was difficult. I sold a dream to the players which I later realized was very difficult to achieve, which was the League II title, since Benfica’s priority and project was the Youth League, the under 19 years old and the A team, the record remains. For a month and a half or two months, we have ceased to be a group. Until then we were always stable, we were first and I always believed that it was possible in a different stability than what was planned, because the objectives of the B team, for Benfica, were achieved”, a- he declared at the microphones of the port channelafter the triumph of FC Porto B (3-2).

The 39-year-old coach, who took over secondary education for the Eagles when Nélson Veríssimo moved to the A team, closed this stage with a feeling of accomplishment.

“I had a lot of fun and pride walking around with these players, this staff. I came at a time when Benfica was going through a difficult phase, I came for a mission that I am absolutely sure of having accomplished, even in a very complicated context, I have always put the interests of Benfica before myself. Now I will resume my career, think more about myself and follow my path, ”he projected, without wanting to reveal the next destination.

“I had represented Benfica before as a player, now as a coach and I’m sure one day I can come back. But my priorities – and everyone knows where I’ve been and what I’ve already achieved – don’t matter now, because sooner or later the future will be known. Either in Portugal or abroad, where I luckily left the market,” he said.

António Oliveira also slammed the ‘very difficult circumstances’ he faced at Seixal and also took some of the Youth League victory for himself.

“Many times we almost got together the day before so we could play the following weekend. 60% of the players, some of whom are not there, are responsible for winning the Youth League, which also requires the recognition of the people who work with them the longest. It is a set of coaches who are a reflection of this feat. It’s not a win for one person, it’s a win for Benfica. My future will be known over time, but it will be based on my ambitions and the desire to, in a different stability, achieve what I aspire to in my career,” he concluded.

It was António Oliveira’s second adventure as head coach, after his spell at Athletico Paranaense, between 2020 and 2021.

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