The Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday served up some appetizing match-ups. The Paris Saint Germain vs Manchester City and Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid are the key matches which will have football fans interested. The other matches Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid and Bayern Munich vs Benfica look to be one sided affairs with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid admittedly being given friendly draws.
Bayern Munich vs Benfica match could be a competitive fixture on the pitch than on paper. Bayern completed an extraordinary comeback against Juventus in the round of 16 while Benfica sailed through against Zenit. Bayern Munich and Benfica head to head record favors the German squad who dominated their previous Champions League meetings during the 1975/1976 and 1981/1982. This is the first time the match will be held in the modern Champions League format. Bayern’s record against the Portuguese clubs stands at 13 wins, 8 draws and 1 defeat. Benfica’s record against German clubs is 12 wins, 13 draws and 15 losses.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will want to win the Champions League trophy for the third time in his final season with the club. He will be wary of Benfica especially in the away fixture given that they lost 3-1 to another Portuguese club, FC Porto last season. Benfica manager Rui Vitoria will see passage to the quarter finals of the competition as an achievement given that this is his first season at the helm. The likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller will be ready for Benfica after their scare against Juventus while Benfica’s Nico Gaitan and Krystas Mitroglou will be hoping to be fit for April 5th and 13th games.
Both Benfica and Bayern lead their respective leagues by two and eight points respectively. This is a match of strong teams with their key players expected to step up.