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Benfica coach Bruno Lage offers resignation – club president

Last updated 41 minutes ago | By Reuters

Benfica v Olympique Lyonnais – Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal – October 23, 2019 Benfica coach Bruno Lage before the match [REUTERS/Rafael Marchante]

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has said that coach Bruno Lage offered his resignation after the team continued their dismal recent run with a 2-0 defeat at Maritimo on Monday.

“Our coach came to me at the end of the game and said with great dignity: ‘President, I am putting myself at your disposal because I understand that things are not good for Benfica,’” Vieira told reporters.

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“‘At the moment, the situation is untenable because it seems that everyone wants me to leave. From tomorrow, (Tuesday) I won’t be Benfica’s coach any more,’” Vieira quoted Lage as saying.

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Vieira, who did not take questions, did not confirm that he had accepted the resignation and there was no further comment from the club. Lage himself gave a separate post-match interview but did not mention that he was resigning.

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Benfica, second in the table, have won only one of their five games since the Primeira Liga restarted after the coronavirus stoppage and have dropped six points behind leaders and arch-rivals Porto. They suffered a shock 4-3 home defeat by Santa Clara in their previous match.

Lage replaced Rui Vitoria as coach in January last year.

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