Luisao not dwelling on defeat

BY foxsports • April 6, 2011

The Dragons clinched the Portuguese Liga title with a 2-1 over their arch rivals in the 'classico' in Lisbon on Sunday as they extended their unbeaten run to 25 games. However, Benfica are still very much in the hunt for European glory, with Braga and Porto also looking to make it through to the semi-finals. And Luisao insists his side's focus has already shifted to their quarter-final encounter against PSV on Thursday night. The Brazilian said: "One thing that has to remain very clear is that the last game is part of the past now. "It wasn't the result we wanted, but we are already working towards the next game now." "Benfica fans are loyal and we count on them to help us against PSV. "I hope they fill the stadium and support the team by giving their best. They can rest assured that we are working hard to send them home happy. Luisao added: "The squad have their heads held high and we are aware of the task at hand in this first leg. The whole squad will give their maximum on Thursday." Benfica and PSV have plenty of European pedigree, having met in the 1988 European Cup final, where the Dutch side won a penalty shoot-out in Stuttgart. PSV are enjoying a good campaign both at home and in Europe, despite dropping two points behind Eredivisie leaders FC Twente following defeat to their title rivals last time out. Fred Rutten's men impressed as they knocked Scottish side Rangers out in the last 16, and he has included youngsters Dries Wuyts and Stefano Marzo in the squad which left for Lisbon. Assistant boss Erik ten Hag took in the Benfica versus Porto game and knows Thursday night's encounter will be no easy ride. He said: "They are a typical southern European team, with plenty of Brazilian influences, but play at a much faster pace. "They are very functional with what they do with the ball, switching it quickly between the lines."


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