Being promoted from the Championship means you should change to Premier League habits, and it seems that’s exactly what Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town are doing.
For a while top flight English clubs have been scouting the Portuguese sides game after game, and these recently promoted sides are getting in on the act.
Brighton had actually showed up at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz a couple of times last season, but this is the first time we see Huddersfield on the scouting list. As reported by O Jogo, they both had emissaries in Benfica’s Champions League match against Russian side CSKA.
The newspaper doesn’t say who the clubs were interested in, and in case they were there to watch Benfica, there wasn’t much to see.
The 2-1 defeat was quite disappointing, despite the local press’ praise for Bruno Varela, Alex Grimaldo and Andrija Živković.
After going a goal down, CSKA had a huge reaction by completing a comeback away from home, and that had a lot to do with performances from Viktor Vasin, Pontus Wernbloom, Vitinho and especially Timur Zhamaletdinov, who came off the bench to have an impact.
CSKA’s players would be cheaper than Benfica’s for Huddersfield and Brighton, with the Portuguese club well known for getting huge transfer fees.