Champions League pre-match conference

After 9 months without European football Benfica return to the Champions League, their 11th group stage campaign since the start of the new format, and face new boys Astana from Kazakhastan.

Rui Vitória was present at the pre-match conference, alongside right-back Nélson Semedo, and the manager said that the objective is clear despite alerting his players of the difficulties expected.

"Tomorrow we will begin a competition that we want to do well in. Start well and achieve the 3 points."

"We know it won't be easy, and if it was, it wouldn't be for us."

Benfica in Group C of Champions League

Benfica were drawn with Atlético de Madrid, Galatasaray and new boys FC Astana for the group stage proper of the 2015/16 Champions League.

Spanish side Atlético have caused some noise in recent years by reaching the final in Lisbon a couple of years back, however beaten by city rivals Real Madrid.

Galatasaray will also prove challenging opponents for Benfica. The Turkish giants hail from Istanbul and have the potential to cause damage in the group, especially at their home ground.

2015/16 UEFA Champions League draw looms

Benfica have entered Pot 1 of the UEFA Champions League 2015/16 Group Stage draw as Champions of Portugal, alongside seven other domestic Champions such as Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

The draw takes place tomorrow (Thursday 27th August) in Monaco's Grimaldi Forum with a live stream from starting at 16:45 BST (17:45 CET local time).

Pot 1: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Paris, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atlético, Porto, Arsenal, Man. United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Man. City
Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Lyon, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, CSKA Moskva, Galatasaray, Roma
Pot 4: BATE Borisov, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmö, Astana

Each group will contain one team from each seeding pot and no team from the same association can be drawn in the same group, leaving Benfica with seven options from Pot 2.

Jesus calls youngsters for Champions League encounter

With nothing but pride to play for in Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has opted for numerous changes including call-ups of Benfica B players João Teixeira and Gonçalo Guedes.

Portugal international Sílvio makes the first squad list selection of the season after being sidelined since April this year with a fractured leg.

Lisandro López, César, Cristante, Tiago and Nélson Oliveira returned to options.

Benfica's schedule for the last European match of the season revealed

Benfica published their programme for their last European game of the season against Bayer Leverkusen.

The «águias» have already confirmed the last place in Group C and no matter the result this Tuesday they are sure to finish bottom.

Manager Jorge Jesus will lead the training session tomorrow morning at 10:05 GMT, where the first 15 minutes will be open to the press. He will conduct the usual pre-match interview alongside a player at 19:00 GMT.

The German side will be given the opportunity for a light session at the Estádio da Luz ground in the same evening.