Benfica boss Jesus rejects Barça comparison: Koeman's team has nothing
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez likened Benfica to Barcelona, but the comparison was not welcomed by Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus.
Jorge Jesus did not take kindly to Benfica being compared to Barcelona because he thinks Ronald Koeman's team "has nothing".
Barça beat Juventus 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday following a run of one win in four games, which included a 3-1 home defeat against Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season.
Per game in LaLiga this term, the Blaugrana are averaging fewer shots (11), attempts on target (5), chances created (8) and passes (620) than in any of the previous eight campaigns at least.
Standard Liege winger Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez felt there was a comparison to be drawn between Barça's possession-based, attacking approach and Benfica, after the Portuguese giants beat the Belgian side 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.
Jesus' men had 67 per cent of possession, 16 attempts on goal, though only five were on target, and attempted 683 passes – over twice as many as Standard – in a resounding win over the Belgian team.
Former Benfica player Carcela-Gonzalez told Portuguese outlet Sport TV with a chuckle: "With Pizzi and [Adel] Taarabt, Benfica look like Barcelona."
Jesus not convinced by Barcelona
It was not a comparison Jesus felt he could take pride in, however, given the situation at Camp Nou under Koeman.
"I will not say we are like Barcelona are now, nor do I want us to look like what they are now," said Jesus.
"The one from a few years ago, yes … the current team has nothing.
"I don't want us to look like the one from now, I don't care about the other one, though."
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