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Home advantage gives Jesus confidence

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is brimming with confidence ahead of his side’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against Zenit St Petersburg.

The Portuguese giants were beaten 3-2 in the first leg in Russia, but Jesus believes Benfica have what it takes to secure qualification for the quarter-finals at home.

“In our stadium with a good pitch and normal weather, we can qualify,” he said.

“We know that we’re playing a good side, a strong one, with five players in the Russia team that beat Denmark last week.”

“Apart from their individuals they are tactically very strong too but in our stadium, with our fans behind us, I think we can win.”

“We want to reach the quarter-finals and after the result in the away leg, with our fans and our quality I think we’ll do it.”

“This tie was 50-50 after the draw was made but our two away goals give us some confidence and we feel that we can qualify though, as I say again, Zenit are a very strong side.”

Tue 6 Mar, 2012
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