Benfica defender believes in Europa League success

The Portuguese side managed a 2-0 away win over Stuttgart on Thursday evening and went through to the last 16 with a 4-1 win on aggregate.

“We knew that it would be crucial to survive the opening 15 minutes or so. We were much more confident and relaxed after we’d opened the score,” Coentrao was quoted as saying by Record.

“We are approaching the tournament game by game now. Nevertheless, I think we have what it takes to go all the way in the Europa League. We’ll have to make it to the quarter-final first though and that won’t be easy.”