As it happens, although Celtic learned a lot from their Europa League experience and performed well at times, only one of those three possibilities materialised, as Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the competition with a crushing victory over the club. Bruges is planning a delicious bond with Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Jota is happy to see his old team blend in with the best teams Europe has to offer, and feels they are a role model for future clubs like Celtic.
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“For me, it’s always the same,” said Jota. “As long as Benfica wins and they continue to qualify, I’m happy.
“They can play anyone to be honest. I’m just going to root for a lot for them.
“It says a lot about what Benfica is. It’s a great club. I’m very happy for them. They’re doing a great job this season. I can’t wait to see what they can do at the end of the season.
“I’ve been a huge fan since the day I was born. I always wish them the best. I still talk to a lot of people at the club.
“This is the project that Benfica has always been developing for the past decade. It’s incredible. It’s one of the best academies, if not the best academy, in the world.
“It’s just a world within a world. If you see the facilities there and the work they’re doing on the development aspects, it’s a different broth.
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“It shows a lot of clubs that you can still do well in Europe. If you have the right mindset, get the perfect people working with you, and take a good direction, you can have a good project to develop and do good things.
“These are the ones to look out for because they are doing very well at the moment.”
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