Benfica and Liverpool face each other in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday 5 April.
Where to watch Benfica – Liverpool on TV
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What you need to know?
Almighty Liverpool arrive in Lisbon, with many predicting a fairly placid path to the semi-finals for a side that had racked up victories in their seven games before falling narrowly in the round of 16 second leg at home to Inter. , so his result in the first leg was enough. However, Benfica were also not favorites against Ajax in their tie, which ended very well thanks to Darwin Núñez’s late goal. The question now will be to see if the Portuguese team is capable of withstanding the same pressure.
Round of 16 line-ups
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Taarabt; Everton, Gonçalo Ramos, Rafa Silva; Darwin Nunez
Sentenced of sanction: Grimaldo, João Mário, Otamendi, Gonçalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Weigl, Yaremchuk
Liverpool: Allison; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Salah, Diogo Jota, Mané
warned of sanction: Jota, Mane
Abolished away goals rule
There has been a rule change for the 2021/22 edition: ties tied after the second leg will go to extra time and shootouts if necessary, regardless of the number of goals scored by a team away from home.
state of form
Form status (all competitions, most recent first): VVEVV
Where is: 3rd in the League, League Cup runner-up
Form status (all competitions, most recent first): VVVDV
Where is: 2nd in the Premier League, FA Cup semi-finals, League Cup winners
Statements of the protagonists
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool: “I know that people will say that we are the favorites, but we have been in this for too long to make these kinds of mistakes. I respect what our rival is doing a lot, it is a huge club. Obviously, in my coaching staff there are some men with history at Porto, so maybe there will be a bit of a derby feel.”
Luisão, manager of Benfica: “In 2006 we faced Liverpool, who were the champions, and we managed to get through. Liverpool are a very strong team. They have high-level players in defence, but where they are strongest is really in attack.”
Gonçalo Ramos, Benfica striker: “It will be a difficult mission to play against Liverpool. They are one of the best teams in the world, but we are here and that means we can eliminate any team.”
Odysseas Vlachodimos, Benfica goalkeeper: “Liverpool is a great club, a team with a lot of history. I will really enjoy playing at Anfield, but first I will savor playing here with our fans behind us. We will give it our all and see how far we can go.”
Where is the 2022 Champions League final?
The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday 28 May at 21:00CET.
The champion will earn a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified through their domestic competition.