Bayern Munich’s director of sports Mathias Sammer has warned his players that they cannot relax in Portugal. He believes that a 1-0 advantage is not enough in the Champions League and that they will need to be on the guard against a Benfica team that can be dangerous at home.
Things started well for Bayern Munich in the first leg when they opened the scoring just after 2 minutes thanks to a goal from Arturo Vidal, but Benfica came back into the game. The Portuguese club played well in defence to restrict Bayern Munich to some long-range effort.
Bayern’s defender Martinez was keen to recognize that Benfica has a strong defence that plays a high pressing game making it difficult for them to build attacks. He believes that the Portuguese team is well-organised and that it will take something special to beat them.
However, Phillip Lahm believes that if they could score one goal in the match, then they should be able to qualify. Indeed, with Bayern leading 1-0, Benfica cannot afford to sit back. They will have to attack, and this could leave gaps at the back that the Bayern’s offensive players can exploit.
Benfica will hope that they can replicate the results that Porto achieved last season when they beat Bayern Munich 3-1. However, they will be without their leading scorer Jonas because of suspension. They will also be without Gaitan, who is injured.
Bayern Munich will be hoping that they could score an early goal and kill the game as a contest, but it will be difficult against a Benfica side that will be playing in front of their public. Sammer told the media that they expect to be under a lot of pressure and that he is expecting a difficult game.