|Coentrao and Marcelo|
Last season, Mourinho used Marcelo six times ahead of the left side, allowing Cristiano to play with more freedom. Well, the coach mainly wants Coentrao to play in this position, although the Benfica player might occupy several positions in the field of play. Apart from his quality and dribbling, Mourinho appreciates much his enormous versatility.
Coentrao has become this season in one of the best left side defenders in the world and a permanent starter in the Portuguese national team. But in his origins, in Rio Ave, he played as midfielder. Was his coach in Benfica in 2009-2010 season, Jorge Jesus, who decided to convert him on defense. That decision proved to be one of the keys to Benfica won the Portuguese League that year.
The high performance offered by Fabio Coentrao in the defense, has meant that this season has been only used as midfielder in three games; in two League matches (Rio Ave and Porto) and in the Super Cup final in Portugal. However, when Benfica has had to overcome difficulties, to advance the position of Coentrao has been one of the main weapons of Jorge Jesus.