Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has responded angrily to his side being compared to Spanish giants Barcelona by Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela after Rangers Europa League group rivals left the ripped the Belgians apart on Thursday night.
Jesus wasn’t impressed with the comparison though and snapped back that Barca “have nothing now” and insisted he didn’t appreciate the comparison.
Benfica beat Standard 3-0 to make it two wins from two in the group but the manager was not happy with the praise from Carcela after the game.
“Barcelona have nothing now,” Jesus fumed, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I don’t want Benfica to be compared with this Barcelona. The (Barcelona) team from some years ago, okay. I wouldn’t mind that at all.”
Rangers travel to Lisbon on Thursday with both sides going into the game with 100% records from their opening two games.
A win for either would virtually assure qualification for the knockout phase and there’s no reason Rangers can’t go into the game with confidence.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been excellent so far this term and their European performances, in particular, have seen them show they are capable of going to Portugal and winning.
Even a draw in Portugal would be an excellent result for the Gers with Benfica and Standard both to visit Ibrox later in the group.