"Our dream lives on" – Pre-Benfica press conference
Eintracht head coach Adi Hütter and striker Gonçalo Paciência share their thoughts on Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarter-final meeting with SL Benfica.
Adi Hütter on …
… Thursday's game: "We're really looking forward to a clash between two attack-minded teams. Benfica are maybe the favourites as they're playing at home, but the sides are evenly matched. Our dream lives on. We'll need to put in a top performance in order to put ourselves in a good position going into the return match."
… the atmosphere at the Estádio da Luz: "It's unique, they have great fans here. Our supporters will make themselves heard and cheer us on too, though. It's a new challenge for us not to have the advantage in terms of fans."
... personnel: "Luka Jović is a very young, talented player and I'm happy he's playing the way he is for us. He's looking forward to the match. We'll have to wait and see whether Sebastien Haller, Sebastian Rode and Mijat Gaćinović can play. We'll make a decision tomorrow. Martin Hinteregger's using a splint and yesterday he trained using a protective sleeve. It worked well. If he says he doesn't have any pain, then he'll play."
Goncalo Paciência on …
… Portuguese football: "I still follow it closely and this is a special situation, although I feel quite relaxed about it. It's an honour for me to play for Eintracht and I'm desperate to beat Benfica."
… Eintracht's chances: "Two big teams are going up against each other here, so I think the chances are 50-50."
… Benfica: "They have very good players and are really dangerous in front of goal. They're having a great season. They're improving all the time at the back and are always a threat up front."