Bayern Munich host Benfica on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal. While the Portuguese giants are one of the easiest draws on paper, Bayern know that they have their work cut out for them.
"Benfica are on a run, they're better than they've been for a long time," Pep Guardiola said. "It's going to be a very tough challenge to advance to the semi-finals."
With Benfica forced to play their backup goalkeeper Ederson due to Julio Cesar's injury, Bayern should try and take early shots from distance to test the young 22 year old. While he has featured in a few games this season, the opposition in the Primeira Liga isn't quite up to the standards of Bayern Munich.
The key for the game is simple. Bayern have to score a couple of goals and keep Benfica from getting one. It's really that simple.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm ET
TV/Streaming: USA (Fox Sports 2 | HD, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN), Germany (Sky Sport 1&2 | HD, Sky Go, TeleClub Sport Live), Canada (TSN5, beIN Sports, beIN Sports Connect), UK (BT Sport 2, BT Sport Live Streaming)
Full Listings: Other Countries
Franck Ribery – Thomas Müller – Douglas Costa
Thiago Alcantara – Arturo Vidal
Juan Bernat – David Alaba – Joshua Kimmich – Philipp Lahm
Bench: Sven Ulreich, Javi Martinez, Rafinha, Xabi Alonso, Sebastian Rode, Mario Götze, Kingsley Coman
Konstantinos Mitroglu – Jonas
Nico Gaitan – Renato Sanches – Ljubomir Fejsa – Pizzi
Eliseu – Jardel – Lindelöf – André Almeida
Bench: Paulo Lopes, Nélson Semedo, Lisandro López, Andreas Samaris, Eduardo Salvio, Talisca, Raul Jimenez
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