Stunning confession from Benfica will delight Rangers fans

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Benfica's Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus reacts during the UEFA Europa League group D football match between SL Benfica and Glasgow Rangers at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on November 5, 2020. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has given Steven Gerrard and Rangers the ultimate praise by hinting he and his team were almost ‘scared’ about what Rangers would do to them before kick off.

The Portuguese giants, who salvaged a draw thanks to poor game management from Rangers players and admittedly a few errors from the manager too, went into this match as strong favourites and the team to beat.

With the record they have and the players they boast, this wasn’t that much of a shock, but Jesus’ confession is very telling and we have to be impressed he thought that much of us:

“It was a difficult game, but the Benfica players are to be congratulated. This Rangers team has quality, we knew they were going to play with us.”

Incredible words really, when you look between the lines – their manager is saying, pretty clearly, just how wary they were of this Rangers team, fearing being toyed with and dominated – and in truth, despite the shaky start, even before the sending off that’s pretty much how it panned out.

What an incredible rise and turnaround for a team being humped by Process Unicorn three years ago, that teams of the calibre of Benfica are genuinely scared and wary of facing us – on their OWN pitch, and aren’t too proud to admit it.

Is that the Gerrard Effect? It certainly plays a role, but there’s absolutely no doubt European teams fear playing Rangers now, in a way we can rarely remember.

Wonderful.

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  1. Steven Gerrard and his whole squad were amazing when we played benfica, ok it was a bit of a mix up right at the start and then right at the end appart from that we were great. I can’t wait till we get them to Ibrox cause we will be looking for revenge they knew they were beat but a lucky last gasp break and we switched of and in Europe you get punished. We then went to Hamilton on the Sunday and won 8-0 and could have been double figures it was so easy and a privilege to watch

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