Pre-match press: Bayern Munich x Benfica

André Almeida and Kostas Mitroglou attended Monday evening's press conference at the Allianz Arena, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Portuguese full-back André Almeida was the first to speak: "The whole team has been doing a great job, not only defensively, but also offensively. We are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Favouritism is relative because we have the same merit as Bayern. If we are here, it means we deserve it."




Squad list: Bayern Munich x Benfica

Rui Vitória has taken 21 players to Munich for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final with Bayern. Lisandro López returns to the squad at the expense of Sílvio. 19-year old goalkeeper André Ferreira will travel with the squad to gain experience, but is unlikely to make the 7-man substitutes’ bench. He has played only 5 games for Benfica B this season.

The game kicks off at 19:45 UK/Portuguese time, and will be officiated by Polish referee Szymon Marciniak.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Paulo Lopes and André Ferreira.

Defenders: André Almeida, Nélson Semedo, Jardel, Lisandro, Lindelöf and Eliseu.

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou.




Opinion: The lowdown on Bayern Munich

Bayern and Benfica clash at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, with a place in the Champions League semi-finals at stake. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Michel Munger, editor-in-chief at Bayern Central, to get the latest on Benfica's illustrious opponents.




Champions League draw: Benfica face tough Bayern test

Benfica have been handed the unenviable task of beating Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semi-finals, after today’s quarter-final draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.




Benfica await Champions League quarter-final draw

This season, Benfica have reached the last 8 of the Champions League for the first time since 2011/12. On that occasion, Jorge Jesus' side suffered a 3-1 aggregate defeat to eventual winners Chelsea. This year's quarter-final draw takes place on Friday at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The ceremony begins at 11:00 Portuguese time.




Vitória dedicates Zenit win to players, president and fans

Benfica are in the hat for the Champions League quarter-final draw after overcoming Zenit in Russia last night. Speaking after the game, a justifiably proud Rui Vitória paid tribute to everyone involved.

“I want to say that this was the victory of the players, of a fantastic group that have been working hard every day... (both) these (players) and those that remained in Lisbon. I also want to thank the president [Luís Filipe Vieira], who is the figure that maintains all of this stability, and our mass of fans - those that came here, those in Lisbon, and those spread throughout the world - for rooting for us. Thanks for all of this positive energy!”




Clinical Benfica advance to Champions League quarter-finals

Benfica booked their place in the last 8 of the UEFA Champions League with an impressive 2-1 victory over Zenit this evening. Rui Vitória’s men produced a composed and professional performance, completing a 3-1 aggregate win over André Villas-Boas' side.




Zenit x Benfica: Pre Match Press

Benfica and Zenit face-off in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday 9th March. The Eagles hold a 1-0 aggregate lead after Jonas' late winner in the first leg. On Tuesday evening, Rui Vitória spoke to the press ahead of the game.




Poll: Fans want Fejsa to partner Lindelöf against Zenit

With Luisão and Lisandro López out injured, and Jardel suspended, Benfica have travelled to Russia with Victor Lindelöf as the only senior centre-back in their squad. This week, we ran a 48-hour Twitter poll to see who the fans want to partner the Swede in central defence against Zenit.




Opinion: The lowdown on Zenit Saint Petersburg

Zenit and Benfica go head-to-head in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday, with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals at stake. Ahead of the game, we quizzed Russian football expert Mikhail Morozov of Football-tv.ru and SportFM.ru on Zenit's preparations. For a detailed introduction to Zenit's squad, read Mikhail's previous article here.




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