The reason to why the Benfiquistas chanted
the name Michel Platini in the second half, which the chanting began from the
start to the end of the second half, is because they and Benfica manager, Jorge
Jesus, and Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira, felt that Michel Platini had
something up his sleeves for Chelsea to advance to the semi-final rather than
At the end of the second-leg, in which
Benfica went on being eliminated by Chelsea after losing the total aggregate
scoreline by 3 goal to 1, Luís Filipe Vieira spoke to the Portuguese press saying that he felt that Michel Platini wanted to see
Chelsea to advance to the semi-final rather than Benfica because the Champions
League is, according to him, only for the superpower clubs to win it. He then stared into one of the cameras saying that Michel Platini will one day see Benfica winning the
Champions League whilst Michel Platini is still President of UEFA rather he
likes it or not.
I would like to point out that it was only
a group of Benfiquistas that chanted the name Michel Platini and that Luís
Filipe Vieira is wrong about how only the superpower clubs win the Champions
League trophy because both Porto and Monaco went on to reaching the final, the
former winning it, whilst Olympique de Marseille were the inaugural winners.
I would also like to point out that most Benfiquista
do, indeed, find that Damir Skomina did a bad refereeing job, but do not think that
Michel Platini had something to do with it.