Vitória and Guedes preview "Clash of the Eagles"

Benfica will be without five key players for the visit of Beşiktaş on Tuesday night. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória refused to bemoan his bad luck, instead choosing to focus on the positives, such as the emergence of 17-year old forward José Gomes.




Squad List: Benfica x Beşiktaş

Benfica must field a makeshift forward-line once again when they take on Beşiktaş in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Rafa suffered a thigh strain on his debut against Arouca, and joins Jonas (foot hematoma), Raúl Jiménez (knee sprain) and Kostas Mitroglou (thigh strain) on the injury list. Jardel is also unavailable with a thigh strain.

17-year old forward José Gomes retains his place in the squad after becoming the third youngest debutant in Benfica's history at Arouca. 19-year old João Carvalho has also been promoted from Benfica B to bolster Rui Vitória's options in midfield.

Benfica versus Beşiktaş gets underway at 19:45 on Tuesday at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Celis, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, João Carvalho and Cervi

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes




Opinion: The Lowdown on Beşiktaş

Benfica begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night when they host Turkish champions Beşiktaş at the Estádio da Luz. The visitors' squad should include some familiar faces, including Anderson Talisca, Ricardo Quaresma and Vincent Aboubakar. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Kaan Bayazit, editor of Beşiktaş International, to learn more about Benfica's opponents.




Benfica register Champions League squad

Benfica have submitted a 24-man squad list to UEFA for the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League. New signing Rafa Silva has been registered, but there is no place for Branimir Kalaica, Danilo or Andrija Živković. The latter is currently sidelined with a right leg injury.

A club may register a maximum of three new players before the knockout stages, but the squad cannot exceed 25 players. An unlimited number of youth players (born on or after January 1st 1995) are also eligible to play in the Champions League, provided that they have been with the club for an uninterrupted period of at least two years since their 15th birthday.

The Eagles begin this season's European campaign on Tuesday 13th September, when they welcome Turkish champions Beşiktaş to the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro López, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Pizzi, Celis, Salvio, Carrillo, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Getting to know Benfica's Champions League opponents

The draw for this season's Champions League group stage took place in Monaco last Thursday, and pitted Benfica against Dynamo Kyiv, Beşiktaş and Napoli. In this article, we take a detailed look at the Eagles' Group B opponents.




Champions League draw: Who could Benfica face?

The draw for the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League takes place in Monaco on Thursday at 18:00 local time (17:00 UK and Portuguese time). Benfica are in Pot 1, which consists of the reigning champions, Real Madrid, along with the champions of Europe’s top seven domestic leagues.




Benfica highlight the positives after brave defeat

Benfica produced a spirited performance at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night, claiming a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich, the reigning German champions and 2013 Champions League winners. Despite the 3-2 aggregate defeat, there were plenty of positives to take from a tie in which Benfica went toe-to-toe with one of Europe’s heavyweights. In the second leg, the home side fielded no fewer than 6 players aged 22 or under, so the future looks bright for the Eagles.




Raúl: "I'm ready to play 12 or 90 minutes"

Pizzi and Raúl Jiménez were the players selected to attend Tuesday’s pre-match press conference at the Estádio da Luz. After his winning goal against Académica on Saturday, Raúl Jiménez is the fans’ favourite to replace the suspended Jonas, but the Mexican striker conceded that the final decision is not his own.

“The boss is the one who decides who is in good form, and who it is that will replace Jonas. I’m ready to play 12 or 90 minutes. I’m determined. I’m glad to have helped the team get the win in the last match, but now we will think 100% about Bayern.”




Match Preview: Benfica x Bayern Munich

Ahead of the crucial second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Benfica and Bayern Munich, we teamed up with OneFootball and Bayern blog Mia San Rot to preview the big game. In this exclusive Q&A, both blogs talk tactics, analyse the key duels on the pitch, and share their predictions regarding the outcome of this mouth-watering European tie.




Benfica x Bayern: Pre Match Press

Rui Vitória spoke to the press at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday evening, ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. The 45-year old does not expect the Bavarians' tactics to differ much from the first leg in Munich.

"We have to play with defensive organisation. Bayern are a tremendously tough team and are a candidate to win this (competition). They play the same (way) at home and away, so we have to play to the limit and be bold offensively. (Pep Guardiola) said that this would be a difficult round, and it remains so. We have to play with great dedication, inspiration, and motivation."




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