03 May 2022 – 15:23
The Portuguese coach recalled the bet on “the young people who began to shine”
Rui Vitória recalled his spell at Benfica between July 2015 and January 2019, listing the aspects that made him most proud of his successful spell at Luz. “I’m proud of a lot of things. First of all, I’m proud of the titles. We participated in the first quadruple championship in the history of Benfica. In addition, we broke the league points record and the stadium was almost empty. always full. club policy: we bet on the Portuguese youth who quickly started to shine and then were sold. I am very proud of all that,” he said in an interview with the newspaper. ‘Marca’.
The 52-year-old Portuguese coach went on to explain the feeling of finishing the stage serving the Eagles midway through the 2018/19 season, later succeeded by Bruno Lage. “I stayed at the club for almost four years and when things end after a long time it’s always harder to accept, but it’s something I naturally accept: all cycles end. It happens everywhere,” he added, defending that he didn’t rush to sign for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr when he left Luz.
“It was an irrefutable offer, financially speaking. I wanted to leave Portugal and try other things. I had the opportunity to continue winning titles and we did that. Going through Al-Nassr was a totally different experience that made me a better person… and a better coach,” said Rui Vitória.
By Flavio Miguel Silva
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