With nothing but pride to play for in Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has opted for numerous changes including call-ups of Benfica B players João Teixeira and Gonçalo Guedes.

Portugal international Sílvio makes the first squad list selection of the season after being sidelined since April this year with a fractured leg.

Lisandro López, César, Cristante, Tiago and Nélson Oliveira returned to options.

João Teixeira proud to represent Benfica in the Champions League
"It's a very proud moment to be here representing Benfica in this competition. Now it's up to the manager if I play or not."

"I am focused in the game and feel proud to wear this shirt, even more in a competition like the Champions League."

"I have two examples from the youth formation, André Gomes and André Almeida. They started, like me, in the B team and became regulars in the first team and Selecção [Portugal national team]. I have to work day-by-day because we will have our opportunities if they think we deserve it."

18 player squad list:

Goalkeepers: Artur and Paulo Lopes
Defenders: André Almeida, Sílvio, Lisandro López, César, Jardel and Benito
Midfielders: João Teixeira, Cristante, Talisca, Pizzi, Ola John and Gonçalo Guedes
Forwards: Derley, Lima, Tiago [Bebé] and Nelson Oliveira

SL Benfica vs Bayer Leverkusen kicks-off at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday 9th December in Estádio da Luz. Live on TVI (Portugal) and Sky Sports red button (UK).

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