Our match prediction:
Despite failing to impress in the first leg, Bayern Munich recorded a 1-0 win over Benfica at their Allianz-Arena. Thanks to the hard-fought victory the mighty Bavarians moved one step closer to booking their place in the Champions League semis, but their job is half done. Pep Guardiola’s men must run out of the complacency they showed in the first leg and we are positive that the Bundesliga champions will take Wednesday’s football clash very seriously. The Eagles face an uphill task in the return leg as they need to record a big win over Bayern Munich at their Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and we don’t believe that they are capable of making a miracle in the Portuguese capital. Arjen Robben is set to miss out again, but Pep Guardiola has a number of top-class players to choose from and we predict that the Bavarians are going to record a routine win over Benfica this time out.
Highligted Player (Vidal):
Arturo Vidal is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Colo-Colo. In 2007 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen. After making 117 league appearances for the Bundesliga outfit from 2007 to 2011, he joined Juventus on 22 July, 2011 for a fee of €10.5 million. Vidal won four Serie A trophies with the Bianconeri and he participated in the Champions League final against Barcelona on 6 June, 2015. The Serie A giants, though, were beaten by Barca in the title game. In the summer of 2015 he moved to Bayern Munich and he won the Bundesliga trophies with Pep Guardiola’s team in the 2015/2016 season. Speaking of his international career, Vidal won two Copa America trophies with Chile (2015, 2016). The Chilean ace is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both as defensive at attacking midfielder as well. His contract with Bayern Munich expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.