Benfica are not 'cursed', says Rodrigo

The attacker insists he is approaching the Europa League final like any other game as the Portuguese giants aim for their first European title in more than 50 years

Benfica forward Rodrigo has rubbished notions of a curse hanging over the club as they bid to end their long wait for European glory in Wednesday's Europa League final.

The Lisbon giants saw a potential treble snatched from their grasp last season as they lost the Primeira Liga race to Porto and suffered defeat in cup finals to both Vitoria Guimaraes and Chelsea.

The 2-1 loss to Rafa Benitez's Blues saw the infamous curse of Bela Guttman extended as Benfica's run without a European title stretched to 52 years, but with a potential quadruple up for grabs this season, Rodrigo is adamant they can lay to rest any suggestions of a hoodoo when they face Sevilla on Wednesday.

"The idea that we are cursed comes from the press," the 23-year-old told .

"Nobody in the team is worried – we don't believe in any hoodoo and we're not under pressure.

"We will approach the game in a calm manner. I'm not nervous at all and it's just another game to me."

Rodrigo, who joined Benfica from Real Madrid in 2010, has blossomed in Lisbon this season, bagging 18 goals in all competitions to help the club to league and Taca de Liga glory as well as two further cup finals at home and in Europe.

And the Brazilian-born Spaniard hailed coach Jorge Jesus for his development since his move from Spain.

"When I came here I was very young," Rodrigo added.

"I have developed a lot as a player and the coach has played a very important role in that.

"Without a doubt this is the third and best season of my career in terms of goals, quality and confidence.
I've been working for the group and we've had a great season – a season of triumphs."

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