The day and the weather helped, but they could also have diverted Benfica supporters to the beaches. However, no one wanted to miss Roger Schmidt’s first day.
Estádio da Luz opened the doors to training and the response was obvious. In all, 23,470 supporters received the new coach and new reinforcements: David Neres, Alexander Bah, Ristic and Petar Musa.
With new faces on the pitch, the zero zero listened to some Benfica fans to understand how they viewed this pre-season start and the changes Benfica had made. While there are some who allow time for Roger Schmidt to present improvements that have not existed with other coaches, most claim the title from the German coach.
Whether in song or not, Benfica fans have a clear request: “Le 38”.