Benfica deserve Europa League success, says Luisao

The powerful defender is desperate to emerge victorious in Amsterdam and make history with the Lisbon side after 50 years without European success
Luisao is eagerly anticipating Wednesday's Europa League final against Chelsea and believes the game at the Amsterdam ArenA is the perfect opportunity for Benfica to make history and win the European trophy he feels they deserve following their progress in recent years.

The Lisbon giants last won a major European trophy in 1962 when they beat Real Madrid 5-3 in the final of the European Cup and Luisao feels the time has come to add some more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

"What I want is the best for Benfica. Benfica deserve this, we've grown in recent years," the defender said at a press conference.

"We can make history for an important club like Benfica; all other information is forgotten as soon as you go out on to the pitch.

"Eusebio is here and his presence means a lot. He is a reference point at Benfica and to share moments with him is important to the team.

"We've prepared well and since Saturday's game [a defeat by Porto] we have been 100 per cent focused on this. We're looking forward, not back."

Benfica have met Chelsea before twice, losing both games in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season.