The Brazil international has made a reveal of the times in Luz and the performance below in Portugal
Everton arrived at Benfica in 2020 and during the stage at Luz, coach Jorge Jesus suggested he line up as a winger. [no sistema 3x5x2 ou 3x4x3], something that did not satisfy the Brazilian international. Flamingo’s promotion has now revealed this annoyance. “It was a position I wasn’t used to playing in, as a winger, and it ended up annoying me because, obviously, I wasn’t going to deliver what was expected of me there. Everyone knows where I used to play. I came from two seasons. Very good, in two I think I scored 43 goal, which is a lot for a striker who plays at one end of the field, especially for a winger who is not usually close to the goal,” the player explained in the presentation as a reinforcement for Mengão, and also gave a description of the “learning and adaptation” he experienced in Portugal. “At Benfica, I had roles where I was off target. It wasn’t what I used to do, but it was a learning and conditioning experience. I was able to develop in the tactical part and that is very important especially on the defensive side.” The winger, which Benfica signed from Gremio for 20 million euros, in 2020, also revealed how he made contacts with the Rio de Janeiro team he is now strengthening.
“From the first moment, I have always been very honest with Marcus [Braz]. I first spoke to him in January and he said my idea was to finish the season there. [em Portugal], as we were playing in the Champions League, but he also said he’s interested in wearing this shirt. His trump card was a flamingo (laughs). We know the greatness of the flamingo. “That’s why I chose to play here,” Cipollinha said.
By Flavio Miguel Silva
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