Squad List: Galatasaray x Benfica

There are no surprises in the squad selected by Rui Vitória to face Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday night. After being rested for Friday's Taça de Portugal win over Vianense, there are recalls for Almeida, Samaris, Guedes, Gaitán and Jonas. Goalkeeper Ederson also returns after recovering from his bout of gastroenteritis. Long-term absentees Salvio and Nélson Semedo remain sidelined as they recuperate after surgery, while Nuno Santos is ruled out with tendonitis of the right knee.

Wednesday's game at the Turk Telekom Arena kicks off at 21:45 local time, and will be officiated by Scottish referee William Collum.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes.

Defenders: Lisandro Lopez, Jardel, Luisão, Eliseu, André Almeida and Sílvio.

Midfielders: Gaitán, Pizzi, Fejsa, Gonçalo Guedes, Carcela, Talisca, Victor Andrade and Samaris.

Fowards: Jonas, Raúl and Mitroglou.




The Istanbul agenda

Benfica return to the Champions League stage this Wednesday against Turkish giants Galatasaray SK.

The squad will depart Lisbon on 19th October at 16:00 in a chartered flight to Istanbul.

A training session will be held the following morning at 11:00 local time (13:00 in Lisbon/London) in the Turk Telekom Arena where 15 minutes will be open to the press. Ninety minutes later Benfica manager Rui Vítoria will give his pre-match views at the stadium's conference suite alongside a player.

The match will kick-off at 21:45 local time.




Champions League post-match reaction

Julio Cesar

Goalkeeper Júlio César was one of Benfica’s star performers in Wednesday's dramatic win over Atlético Madrid, and afterwards admitted that it was "a perfect night.”

“The team deserves praise, Rui Vitória prepared the game very well, and that should be readily acknowledged. The boss made us believe that it was possible to win the three points here and we were able to."




Highlights: Atlético Madrid 1 - 2 Benfica

Gaitan

Benfica claimed a famous victory at the Vicente Calderón tonight, through a combination of desperate defending and clinical counter-attacking. The 2,500 travelling fans were sent home happy after witnessing Benfica’s first competitive win over Spanish opposition since 1982.




Benfica x Atletico Madrid: Pre-Match

 

Rui Vitória spoke before the press on Tuesday, rejecting any idea of a psychological barrier the team may have. He said, "There is no psychological issue. We enter every game to win and that is clear, without any lack of respect towards the opponent…tomorrow is a different oriented game, and we will do anything to take the three points."




Squad List: Atlético Madrid x Benfica

Benfica have taken 22 players to Madrid for Matchday 2 of their 2015/16 Champions League campaign. Wednesday's game at the Vicente Calderón stadium kicks off at 20:45 local time, and will be officiated by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi.

Paulo Lopes, Lisandro López, Bryan Cristante and Nuno Santos return to the squad, but there is no place for Victor Andrade or Victor Lindelöf. Adel Taarabt continues his spell on the sidelines following his recent disciplinary issues.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes.

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Gaitán, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Talisca, Cristante, Carcela and Nuno Santos.

Forwards: Mitroglou, Jonas and Raúl.




Tickets for Atlético away now on sale

Tickets for Benfica's Champions League match against Atlético de Madrid are now on sale for the away end.

Benfica supporters will be able to purchase from the Estádio da Luz ticket office and are limited to two tickets per person, with a season ticket pass being mandatory for the opening days.




Champions League post-match reaction

Benfica Astana

Speaking after Benfica’s 2-0 victory over FC Astana, head coach Rui Vitória admitted that his side had struggled to break down their organised and resolute opponents. He praised his players’ patience, which ultimately brought them a “just victory.”

“We encountered a compact team that closed down the spaces between defence and midfield, and we had some difficulties.”

“We needed to move the ball with more intensity, to stretch our opponents. We achieved this in the second half.”




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 0 Astana

Two goals in the second-half sealed a victory against Champions League newcomers FC Astana. 

The Kazakhstan side showed their resilience in the first half and almost took the lead early in the second half after hitting the outside of Júlio César's post. Nico Gaitán gave the hosts the lead on the 51st minute before Mitroglou's tap in doubled the tally. 

Highlights




Squad List: Benfica x Astana

Rui Vitória revealed his 20-men squad list to face FC Astana in tomorrow's Champions League proper opener.

The team hailing from Kazakhastan will be Benfica's first opponents at the Estádio da Luz, with the match due to begin at the usual 19:45 BST time.

The manager had the luxury to have all players available to choose from except for Salvio who continues his recovery process.

Carcela, Cristante and Taarabt are some of the big names that have missed out.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, and Ederson

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Gaitán, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Talisca, Victor Andrade, and Nuno Santos

Forwards: Mitroglou, Raúl Jiménez, and Jonas




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