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."




Benfica x Bayern Munich Squad List

Rui Vitória has named his squad ahead of tomorrow's crucial UEFA Champions League second-leg encounter with Bayern Munich at the Estádio da Luz. Benfica trail 1-0 after their narrow defeat in Germany, and require a clean sheet to stand a good chance of progressing.

The manager is without Brazilian top-scorer Jonas due to suspension, and will look to Mexican Raúl Jiménez to replicate his performance against Académica, after his late winner on Saturday. Nico Gaitán remains a doubt, and his fitness will be evaluated on the day. Júlio César, Nuno Santos and Lisandro López are all out through injury.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes.

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, Sílvio, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo.

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Renato Sanches, Gaitán, Salvio, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Talisca and Carcela.

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou and Luka Jovic.




Poll: Fans back Raúl to start against Bayern

With Jonas suspended for the visit of Bayern on Wednesday, Rui Vitória must decide who should replace him in Benfica's starting eleven. This week, we ran a 48-hour Twitter poll to see who the fans would prefer to come into the side.  




Opinion: News and views from the Bayern camp

Benfica welcome Bayern Munich to the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night, to contest the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Ahead of the match, we got the inside story on Bayern’s preparations from Juan Pablo González, features editor at Bayern Central.




Vieira, Gaitán and Raúl reflect on Bayern defeat

Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira gave a rare post-match interview after Benfica’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. The 66-year old real estate mogul extolled the virtues of the team, reserving special praise for Benfica’s B-team graduates.

“What is important to note is that it was a very complicated game… it is difficult to play in this stadium, but (the performance demonstrated) that the values ​​of Benfica are well established in this team. The humility, determination and ambition... after all, we are Benfica.”




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