Jorge Jesus was not gracious enough to equate Benfica to Barcelona because he feels Ronald Koeman’s squad “has nothing.”
Barca defeated Juventus 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday following a one-game victory in four days, including a 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season.
Per game in LaLiga this term, the Blaugrana averages fewer shots (11), goal attempts (5), chances produced (8), and passes (620) than at least in any of the previous eight campaigns.
Standard Liege winger Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez thought that there was a link to be made between Barca’s possession-based, attacking style and Benfica, after the Portuguese giants defeated the Belgian side 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.
The men of Jesus had 67% of possession, 16 goals, but only five were on target, and they tried 683 passes – more than twice as many as Usual – in a resounding win over the Belgian team.
Former Benfica player Carcela-Gonzalez said, “With Pizzi and [Adel] Taarabt, Benfica looks like Barcelona” to the Portuguese Sports TV outlet.
It wasn’t a contrast that Jesus felt he should be proud of, though, considering the situation at Camp Nou under Koeman.
“I’m not going to say that we are as Barcelona is now, nor do I want us to look as what they are now,” Jesus said.
“The one from a few years back, yeah … the new team doesn’t have anything. I don’t want us to look like the one from now on, but I don’t care about the other.”