Benfica have a mountain to climb as they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday in one of the Champions League quarter-final ties.
For many, Bayern are the undisputed favourites going by their past and current form even as some people suggest that Benfica might as well stay away from the Allianz Arena as they will be trashed by the Bavarians.
Bayern’s home record in Europe this season, their record against Portuguese teams and even the head-to-head record between the Bavarians and Benfica all points to the Germans as the overwhelming favourites to win in the first leg.
Interestingly, Bayern faced another Portuguese opposition in Porto at this stage last season and it was a massacre of some sort.
Benfica’s great rivals were trounced 6-1 at the Allianz Area after shipping five goals in a 22-minute spell in the first half.
In fact, Bayern have won all nine of their previous two-legged knockout ties against Portuguese opposition, including three against Benfica.
Their previous three home games against Benfica ended in one 5-1 and two 4-1 wins, and their overall record against the Eagles is four wins and two draws in six games.
Current form makes even worse reading for Benfica: Bayern have won all four home Champions League games this season, blasting 18 goals in the process.
However, Benfica, who won the old European Cup twice back in the 1960s, have made a habit of defying the odds in their first season under coach Rui Vitoria.
“Bayern are really difficult opponents but this team has already got over several barriers this season,” he said after Friday’s 5-1 league win over Braga.
“This team has achieved things which it appeared impossible to achieve and that is the spirit we will take into the game,” said Vitoria, whose side are looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
Despite their daunting credentials, Bayern have an injury crisis in defence, where Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber are ruled out and Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez are doubtful.
This may offer some hope for Benfica.