Vitória reveals pride as Luisão prepares to join the 500 club

Benfica go head-to-head with German giants Borussia Dortmund in Lisbon tonight, in a mouth-watering Champions League round of 16 encounter. On the eve of the game, Rui Vitória faced the press at the Estádio da Luz, and was asked to analyse the principal strengths of Benfica’s illustrious opponents.




Squad List: Benfica x Borussia Dortmund

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for the visit of Borussia Dortmund. Jonas has been included, but is a major doubt after missing training on Monday with neck pain. Andrija Živković serves a one-game suspension carried over from his time at Partizan Belgrade.

Lisandro López is still absent after colliding with the post against Moreirense in January. Álex Grimaldo has been removed from Benfica's European roster as he continues his rehabilitation from abdominal surgery.

Eduardo Salvio has recovered from his ankle injury, and January signing Pedro Pereira is included for the first time. If selected, Luisão will make his 500th competitive appearance for the club.

Tuesday's game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo, Eliseu and Pedro Pereira

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Filipe Augusto, André Horta, Carrillo, Pizzi, Salvio, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Opinion: The lowdown on Borussia Dortmund

Benfica and Borussia Dortmund clash at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their eagerly anticipated Champions League round of 16 tie. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Stefan Buczko, editor-in-chief and host of The Yellow Wall Podcast, to get the latest on Benfica's formidable opponents.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 0 Arouca




Squad List: Benfica x Arouca

André Horta has fully recovered from his bruised ribs and takes his place in the Benfica squad for Friday's league game with Arouca. Raúl Jiménez has overcome his ankle problem, and replaces Serbian teenager Luka Jović.

Eduardo Salvio has suffered a recurrence of his ankle complaint, and joins Lisandro López (leg & knee) in the treatment room. Álex Grimaldo has resumed light training after his abdominal surgery, but is still some way from a comeback.

Friday's game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Zivkovic, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




January transfer window departures: Part I

João Carvalho

Besides the lucrative sales of Gonçalo Guedes and Hélder Costa, the signings of Filipe Augusto and Pedro Pereira, and the departure of Adel Taarabt to Genoa, there was plenty more transfer activity at Benfica during January. The majority of these transactions were outgoing loan deals. In the first of this two-part feature, we look at the Portuguese players that have found new clubs.




Profiling the three Portuguese starlets that could succeed Ederson

André Moreira

Ederson continues to impress in a Benfica shirt, and despite renewing his contract last month, it would be no surprise if he were to move on in the summer. Manchester City may be at the front of the queue to secure his services; they are in dire need of a new goalkeeper, and Pep Guardiola is clearly a fan of ball-playing goalkeepers, of which the Brazilian is certainly one. If the 23-year old departs before the start of next season, who is likely to replace him?




Jonas: "This is a boost for my confidence levels"

Benfica

Benfica got back to winning ways in the Liga NOS on Sunday evening, delivering an authoritative display to beat Nacional 3-0 at the Estádio da Luz. Fans' favourite Jonas managed to get his name on the scoresheet twice in the first half, while Kostas Mitroglou added a late third. The Brazilian was awarded the man-of-the-match prize, much to his satisfaction.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 0 Nacional




Squad List: Benfica x Nacional da Madeira

Benfica take on Nacional on Sunday, needing a win to reclaim top spot in the Liga NOS. They will have to do so without Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Lisandro López (leg & knee), and Raúl Jiménez (ankle).

New signing Filipe Augusto goes straight into the squad, and Eduardo Salvio has recovered after his ankle sprain. Pizzi is alleged to be suffering from muscle fatigue, but has nonetheless been included. Marcelo Hermes drops out of the squad, while André Horta is still rebuilding his fitness.

Sunday's game at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Jović




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