Bayern Munich are winless in their last six Champions league knockout stage games away from home and will be looking to put this unwanted record to bed in tonight’s clash with Benfica.
A solitary goal courtesy of Arturo Vidal in the opener puts Bayern Munich in the driving seat before tonight’s Champions League quarter final second leg at the Estádio da Luz, but considering Benfica’s formidable home record this season the tie is far from over.
The slender lead leaves the tie on a knife edge and Benfica will be keen to add to their dominant performances at home with a win this evening, despite this, the reigning Primeira Liga champions haven’t reached the semi-finals of European football’s premier competition since 1990 with Guardiola’s Bayern on the other hand, looking to make it five in a row.
Bayern will have to cope without key players Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben and are also likely to miss Kingsley Coman and Medhi Benatia who have also skipped training in the last few days. These injuries will be a boost for the Portugese outfit who looking to put an end the treble hopes still harboured by the German giants.
Benfica will be without star striker Jonas and playmaker Nicolas Gaitan who are missing through suspension and injury respectively, leaving them relying on the goal threat of loanee Kostas Mitroglou who has bagged 22 goals in all competitions this season. The Benfica defence will be looking to keep out the Bayern front line but with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller in fine form and 15 Champions League goals between them this season alone, it isn’t the easiest of tasks.
After failing to score at the Allianz, Benfica will have to pick up the win to have any chance of progression and one away goal from Bayern will mean Benfica need three which seems a daunting task. If Benfica can keep a clean sheet then then they have every chance of a shock progression into the semi-finals.