It has been an up and down two years in the Portuguese capital for league winners Benfica.
Last season, the Lisbon outfit cruelly denied a memorable treble following a late season collapse which included a last-minute 2-1 loss in the Europa League final to winners Chelsea.
That night in Amsterdam was harsh on Benfica, as they ran Rafa Benitez’s then-Chelsea side ragged at times and had a number of opportunities to win the game. Fortunately for Chelsea, they were let off the hook and had the knowhow to punish their opponents as Branislav Ivanovic’s last-minute header took the trophy back to Stamford Bridge.
The defeat to Chelsea was a bitter pill to swallow for Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, and he told the press after the game how the better side lost.
"Benfica were the better side today - more consistent and organised. Chelsea are a strong team especially on the counter-attack but in the first half we neutralised them. The game gave me pride to be in the final. Benfica showed the world they are a team with great quality and they should be proud," He said, quoted by IBN live.
This season, Jorge Jesus has rallied his troops to a league and cup double, although they suffered yet more Europa League heartbreak following their penalty shootout defeat to Spanish side Sevilla.
Similar to the 2013 final against the Blues, Benfica certainly had their chances on the night and ultimately paid the price for some lacklustre finishing.
Boss Jorge Jesus was once again left bitterly disappointed, and he told the press after the game that the best team lost – 12 months after uttering the same words against Chelsea.
“The best team lost, the best team didn’t win the Europe League trophy. We need to congratulate Sevilla, but we were better. In football the best team doesn’t always win. We need to lift our heads and move on as we have an important game on Sunday.” He said, quoted by Mundo Deportivo.