Benfica coach Roger Smith answers Andreas Schildrup about his lack of playing time

Benfica coach Roger Smith answers Andreas Schildrup about his lack of playing time
Benfica coach Roger Smith answers Andreas Schildrup about his lack of playing time

After a lack of playing time, Andreas Schilderup (19 years old) wanted to leave Benfica. Now manager Roger Schmidt answers to the young Norwegian.


After taking Danish and northern New Zealand football by storm, it was prospect Schilderup who was sold to Portuguese big club Benfica for around NOK 150 million in January.

It took two minutes, divided into two substitutions, for the Norwegian at Benfica.

– I was told that I would enter and compete immediately and in a few minutes. I expected to get more chances and minutes. But it didn’t work out that way, Schilderup added TV 2 Earlier this week.

Watch Schilderup’s hat-trick in the European Union qualifiers:

Schilderup admitted that all did not go according to plan at Benfica, and two weeks ago he returned to the Nordsjælland on loan for the rest of the season to get more playing time.

During the press conference held today, Friday, Benfica coach Roger Schmidt confronted the statements of his former player.

– All players have the same opportunity to play. I don’t treat any player differently. Best players. When you are not in the starting lineup, you have to be patient. You have to be very good in training, and when you start you have to get the most out of your minutes, says Schmidt. CNN Portugal.

GOLDEN COACH: In his first season as Benfica coach, Roger Schmidt led the club to its first league gold medal in four years.

The German coach then spoke about several players who he believes took the opportunity when they had it, including Frederik Orsnes.

– Just look at Joao Neves, Chiquinho, Orsnes and Alexandre Bah at the start. There is no rotation requirement in the starting eleven. This is professional football and we have to win games. That’s all that matters at Benfica, says Schmidt.

During the last meeting with the U-21 national team, VG repeatedly tried to interview Schjelderup, but the 19-year-old only appeared on TV 2. In front of the channel, he explained that he felt mentally tired after the last match. A few weeks.

– It affects you. It gets a little heavy in the head when so many things are happening, Schilderup said.

On Saturday, Schilderup can play his first match since the start after returning to Nordsjæland, when there is a top-flight match against FC Copenhagen.

In his first spell in Nordsjæland, Schilderup scored 16 goals at the Danish top level:


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