Benfica can reach Europa League final – Fabio Coentrao

April 9, 2011 | In: Articles

Benfica defender Fabio Coentrao has expressed his delight after Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over PSV.

Goals from Pablo Aimar, Eduardo Salvio (2), and Javier Saviola have put the Aguias in pole position to reach the last four, and the full-back told UEFA.com: “It was an important step towards the semi-finals. It was an excellent game. We had to bounce back like this after the Porto game on Sunday, because to have a crowd of more than 60,000 after a defeat like that is incredible.

“Winning 4-1 in the end was very important, because when we were 3-0 up and they scored, we could have made things more complicated for ourselves. Victories like this are our way of thanking the fans. They’re fantastic. They’re with us in good moments and bad.”

Coentrao went on to say that the team shouldn’t get carried away, but that reaching the final is a realistic objective.

“I think Benfica can get to the final. We have worked hard for this, but we have to think step by step. As my team-mates say, we can’t think about the final yet. We’re in the quarter-finals and there’s still one more game for us to get to the semis.”

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