Our match prediction:
Having survived Juventus in previous round, Bayern Munich will be looking to move one step closer to clinching the Champions League title with a victory over Benfica at Allianz-Arena. The Bundesliga giants showed character in the clash against Juve and they will be looking to build on the performance they produced in the second half of the match. Dutch winger Arjen Robben remains in the recovery room, but the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa are likely to pose a big threat for the opposition back line. Benfica di well to eliminate Zenit in the Champions League last 16, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against Pep Guardiola’s troops. Bayern Munich are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that the mighty Bavarians will emerge triumphant in Tuesday’s football game.
Highligted Player (Xabi Alonso):
Xabi Alonso is Spanish midfielder who is well known brilliant technique, amazing vision and varied passing. The Spaniard was born in Tolosa on 28 November, 1981 and he started playing for Real Sociedad at senior level. In 2003 he moved to Liverpool and it has to be noted that he quickly established himself as one of the team’s key players. Xabi Alonso won the Champions League trophy in 2005 with the Premier League side and in 2009 he moved to Real Madridfor a fee of £30 million. The Spanish footballer won the 2013/2014 Champions League trophy with los Blancos, while clinching the La Liga trophy with the capital club in the 2011/2012 season. After spending six seasons at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, he joined Bayern Munich in 2014 and has already won two Bundesliga trophies with the German giants. Speaking of his international career, Xabi Alonso helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He clinched Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 trophies with La Furia Roja as well.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies. Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.