Squad List: SL Benfica x Galatasaray SK

Rui Vitória named his 20-player squad list ahead of tomorrow's important Champions League clash at home against Galatasaray.

Taarabt and Cristante are the most surprising inclusions as both are yet to feature for Benfica in an official competition. B players Lindelöf, João Teixeira and Renato Sanches also made the cut.

Salvio and Nélson Semedo continue their recovery whilst Fejsa and striker Mitroglou are the latest to join the injury list.

Samaris is suspended.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Sílvio and Jardel

Midfielders: André Almeida, Cristante, Gaitán, Pizzi, Taarabt, Talisca, Carcela, João Teixeira,  Gonçalo Guedes and Renato Sanches

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez and Jonas

Highlights: Galatararay 2 - 1 Benfica

Galatasaray x Benfica: Press Conference.


Going into the 3rd round of the Champions League, Rui Vitória assured that the team are looking for another victory and to secure a place in the quarter-finals. If they secure said victory, they will reach a milestone in the competition, a face that he undervalued, saying, "I am not thinking about any record, just thinking about adding another victory in Europe." 

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


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.