Bayern Munich will play Benfica in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Wednesday, April 13, starting 20:45 CET.
Munich will look to seal their fifth successive entry into the semi-finals while Benfica will depend on “strong defensive” measures. As per the UEFA sources, the host team will look to overhaul a one goal deficit from the first leg as they will bank on home support to beat one of the best in the League.
Benfica coach Rui Vitória stated before the game, “We have to play well defensively as we’re facing one of the best teams in the world, one of the favourites to win the competition and a side who set up the same home and away.
“We know Bayern are tactically very versatile with lots of resources at their disposal, so if they don’t achieve what they want playing one way they’ll try something else. We had 5,000 fans in Munich and tomorrow the supporters will be even more important.”
Bayern Munich vs Benfica Highlights
Bayern coach Josep Guardiola was quoted as saying, “We are focused on tomorrow’s match. We intend to defend well, score a goal and qualify for the next round.
“The teams know each other well as they just played last week, but tactically we know what to do. A player’s mentality and character will be clear to see in front of 60,000 fans. We have to play well in order to get a result.”
Goal notes that Munich will hold an advantage particularly because of their bench strength.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
First Leg Result: Bayern 1-0 Benfica
Benfica: Ederson; André Almeida, Lindelöf, Jardel, Eliseu; Fejsa, Renato Sanches, Gaitán (Carcela-González), Pizzi; Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou
Out: Júlio César (thigh), Jonas (suspended), Lisandro López (back)
Doubtful: Nicolas Gaitán (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Luisão, Jonas, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi
Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich (Martínez), Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Thiago; Costa, Ribéry; Müller, Lewandowski
Out: Boateng (groin), Badstuber (ankle), Robben (groin), Benatia (groin)
Doubtful: Coman (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Bernat, Boateng, Kimmich, Lewandowski, Vidal
Bayern Munich vs Benfica
Date: Wednesday, 13 April, 2016
Time: 20:45 CET, 19:45 local time
Venue: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
Referee: B. Kuipers
Live Stream: Bet365