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Old 05-04-2007, 12:09   #19
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Rui Costa is desperate for Benfica to reach the semi finals of the UEFA Cup so that he can help lead the club to glory in Europe after a frustrating return.
Rui Costa Making Up For Los Time
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The 35-year-old returned to his former club last summer after more than a decade in Italy with Fiorentina and AC Milan, but has had an injury-hit first season.

After dropping out of the Champions League, Benfica now meet one of this season's surprise packages in Espanyol and Costa is keen to make up for lost time.

"I am recovering as fast as I can but I am still looking to find my rhythm," he said.

"If we can pass this round and reach the semi-final I will have more time to recover and find my best form.

"That will allow me to help the team and hopefully we can go all the way and reach the final in Glasgow."

The thigh injury that has limited his appearances for As Águias, but he is ready to do what he can for the cause on Thursday evening.

"I am still not feeling 100 per cent fit and it's very difficult for players my age to recover from the injuries I have had," Costa continued.
"It would be stupid to say I can play the whole 90 minutes but I won't shirk my responsibilities.

"I will do my best to help the team, whether that is from the start or coming off the bench we will have to wait and see."

Costa admitted that he was impressed with Espanyol and knows that it will be a tough encounter in Barcelona.

"We know that Espanyol are a good team and that they have a lot of quality in attack," he added.

"Iván de la Peña is their best player in midfield - everything goes through him and we will have to be careful when we don't have the ball.

"We will try to get a positive result here in Barcelona which will hopefully give us a chance to progress to the semi-finals in front of our own fans in Lisbon."

Forza Rui.
Lets hope Benfica can pull it off. Rui with a goal hopefully


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