Nemanja Matic’s special relationship with Benfica’s Mile Svilar revealed

Mile Svilar

Benfica goalie Mile Svilar

After their 2-0 defeat at Man United in the Champions League, Benfica are need a miracle to remain in this season’s competition.

The Eagles have lost all four matches in the UCL so far, and they need to beat CSKA Moscow and Basel in their final two matches to stand a chance at reaching the last-16.

Yet, one Benfica player has made an impression in Europe this year.

That’s 18-year-old goalie Mile Svilar, who is tipped to be one of the next best keepers in world football.

Svilar v Man United

In the two matches against Man United, Svilar let in two memorable goals.

In Portugal, the teenager misjudged the flight of a Marcus Rashford free-kick as he caught the ball behind his goalline.

Os lances que marcaram o @slbenfica – @manchesterunited #SLBMUFC #UCL

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During the match at Old Trafford this week, Svilar scored an unfortunate own goal as a Nemanja Matic shot cannoned off the post, onto his arm, and in.

And yet, Svilar also made history in Manchester. Already the youngest goalie to ever play in the Champions League, he also became the youngest keeper to save a penalty when he denied Anthony Martial’s spot-kick.

👐 @svilar_mile tornou-se o mais jovem guarda-redes a defender um penálti na UEFA Champions League.

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Nemanja Matic & Mile Svilar

Could Mile Svilar one day join Man United?

This week on the Totally Football Show, the story was revealed of Nemanja Matic’s special relationship with Benfica’s Svilar.

Born in Belgium, Svilar has Serbian roots.

The goalie learned his trade with Anderlecht, but last summer he made the switch to Benfica.

Benfica, of course, are known for blooding top goalies. In recent seasons the likes of Jan Oblak and Ederson have come to the fore at the Stadium of Light.

According to reports, when Svilar was considering moving to Benfica, he called up Man United’s Nemanja Matic for advice.

Futebol. 👏

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Matic also played at Benfica, and the Man United midfielder advised the youngster to sign up for the Eagles.

Listen to the story after 40 minutes on the audio unit below.

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