In the first Quarter Final Game of Champions League, Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich will go against Benfica. Bayern Munich are the favorites of this fixture, yet they will be wary of the Portuguese club as most of the Bayern Squad were out and doing their national duties.
Benefica’s coach Rui Vitoria has already said that his club has an uphill task, as they are facing a threatening Bayern, add to this, the match will be held at Allianz Arena which is Bayern’s home ground and the Bavarian club has an excellent record.
Bayern Munich has reached the quarter finals in the last four editions of the Champions League and are overwhelming favourties. They are a threat to any quality side at their home ground (the recent example being Juventus, in which they lost to Munich by 4-2), Benfica wouldn’t be an exception.
However, Bayern Munich will be a weary side as they have conceded a fair amount of goal in the recent past. Whereas, Benfica’s defence has looked strong as they haven’t let the opposition score goal against them.
“They haven’t conceded many goals and it is going to be an interesting game,” said Bayern’s coach Pep Guardiola, who will leave for the EPL side Manchester City in summer. He is trying his best to win the Champion’s League trophy for the first time with the club.
Gladiola’s team was beaten by Portuguese side Porto last season in the first leg of the quarter finals but won their home leg with a considerable goal difference.
Bayern Munich will be missing the services of their right winger Arjen Robben due to injury. As far as Benfica is concerned, Luisao will be missing both the games due to a broken arm.
“We go into this game knowing our opponents are candidates to win the Champion’s League, but we won’t back down,” said Rui Vitoria, Benfica’s boss. He also added that his team will be thinking to beat Bayern, no matter how strong they are.