Pep Guardiola’s men will have to be cautious as they enjoy a slim 1-0 win going into their second leg quarter final Champions League clash against a tricky Benfica side.
Despite scoring as early as the 2nd minute in the first leg clash at the Allianz Arena a week ago, the Bavarians failed to secure a healthy lead in the first leg and thus still have all the work to do in Wednesday’s clash in Lisbon.
“The narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg last week was “a good result, but not a comfortable cushion,”Bayern Sporting director Matthias Sammer admits. He added Sammer, “a tough challenge awaits us.”
For Javi Martínez, Benfica is a mixed grill that have “few weaknesses” and also “one of the best defensive units in Europe.
He said: They defend very high up the field, they’re aggressive and compact. It’s hard to set up sustained passing combinations,”
Despite all that the Bavarians will travel to face Lisbon and “try to win the match. That’s the mentality at FC Bayern.”
A piece of good news for Bayern as they prepare for the Lisbon clash was that Kingsley Coman and Mehdi Benatia both took part in the session and will be available for selection in the encounter with the Portuguese record champions.
“It’s going to be a thrilling return in a superb atmosphere. Everybody has reason to look forward to it,” declared Thomas Müller while speaking on Bayern’s official website.
A 66,000 full house will turn the Estádio da Luz into a cauldron and noisily get behind the hosts.
“We’re all very, very experienced in terms of atmosphere. We’ve turned in great performances in the Champions League, so the players aren’t nervous when there’s a good atmosphere,” Philipp Lahm commented.
The FC Bayern skipper is set to make his 103rd appearance in Europe’s elite club competition in Lisbon and would catch up with German record-holder Oliver Kahn.
“I didn’t know that. The mark is nice but ultimately insignificant. It shows that I’ve played at a very high level for years,” Lahm declared in an interview with kickermagazine.
The only thing that counts for the German record champions on Wednesday is to advance to the semi-finals. A draw would be sufficient for Munich, but the Bayern camp refused to listen to such calculations. “If we score a goal we have a very good chance of making the semi-finals. I have no doubt,” said Lahm. Martínez added: “FC Bayern aim to go through to the final, so we have to win everything