Portuguese focus

Test of nerve awaits Portugal's big two

September 22, 2011
By Andy Brassell
"There are no favourites in these type of games," said Benfica coach Jorge Jesus in his pre-match press conference. A stock line, perhaps, but a pertinent one to describe the relevant factors to consider in a confrontation of such magnified importance, when there is such a gulf between the duopoly of Jesus' side and current Liga champions Porto, compared to the rest.

Such inequality should come as no surprise in a nation where only five clubs have ever won the league in 77 years of competition ...

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