It’s usually the small league games that West Ham scouts are sent to Portugal to watch, with Benfica matches often thrown in. After being present at a Boavista – Braga match at the weekend, a more exciting task was available on Tuesday, as a West Ham official was spotted at the Champions League clash between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reports that West Ham were one of the clubs to have someone attend the match.
O Jogo don’t seem to know who the Hammers were watching, and in a game like this, there are multiple targets who could attract attention.
Benfica midfielders Filipe Augusto and Salvio were both vital for the team’s creativity. Former Fulham striker Mitroglou was once again responsible for scoring the winner, and keeps impressing in the Eagles’ shirt.
But the man of the match was goalkeeper Ederson, who stopped Borussia Dortmund in every single chance they had. The performance was so good that the Brazilian media are now convinced he’s getting his first call up for the national team.
For Borussia Dortmund, Raphael Guerreiro, Julian Weigl and Ousmane Dembélé all had good games despite the loss.
But would West Ham have the power to bring players from the German club? It’s more likely they were watching Benfica players.