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Gilberto says getting a place in the Champions League is special: ‘It’s a boy’s dream’

Gilberto says getting a place in the Champions League is special: ‘It’s a boy’s dream’

Last Tuesday (24), it was Benfica Draw 0 to 0 with Eindhoven Eindhoven With less than 32 minutes into the first half, when Lucas Verissimo was sent off. At Estádio da Luz, Encarnados won 2-1 and thus secured a place in the group stage. Champions League. On Friday (27th), the keys will be withdrawn.

Right-back Gilberto, through his staff, spoke about the experience that will play out in the competition: “It is a boy’s dream to be able to compete in competition, and seeing that goal achieved was without a doubt one of the most special moments of my career. Champions matches have an atmosphere like never before”.

He also praised Benfica’s position in Eindhoven, after Verissimo’s dismissal: “It was a result that was achieved with a lot of struggle, faith, determination and dedication. We knew it was going to be a very tough match, and due to the circumstances of the match, our task became more complicated, but our group showed how strong and capable they are.”.

Gilberto has been with Encarnados since the 2020-21 season, at the request of coach Jorge Jesus, who faced him frequently during his time at Fluminense. Benfica was eliminated from the Champions League after losing to PAOK, and then Abel Ferreira, in the third round of the competition. Now the job is done.

Remember that, on Friday (27th), there is a draw that will determine the groups of the Champions League for the 2021-22 season. Benfica will be in the third pot, and could be included in the group of important teams in European football.

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