UCL Preview: Bayern aim for smooth passage to semis against Benfica

first_imgMario Gotze has warned Bayern Munich they face a ‘dangerous’ tie against Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.Bayern are eager to avoid another slip-up against Portuguese opposition after suffering a 3-1 first-leg defeat to Porto at the same stage of the competition last season.While they responded with a 6-1 victory in Munich to comfortably reach the semi-finals, Gotze said: “The game is dangerous. We have to remind ourselves about what we experienced in Porto last year.”Bayern, who battled past Juventus 6-4 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals, maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend.They are strong favourites to progress to the semi-finals for the fifth year in a row, but Benfica have won 19 of their last 20 games in all competitions and also lead their domestic league by five points. The Portuguese side, who beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 on aggregate in the last round, boast the most prolific striker in Europe, with Jonas scoring his 30th league goal on Friday.Team newsBayern will be without Netherlands captain Arjen Robben, who has a groin injury, and also have issues in defence.Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber are ruled out and Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez are doubtful. Kingsley Coman should be fit after missing the win over Frankfurt with a slight muscle injury.Benfica will be without goalkeeper Julio Cesar (thigh), defenders Lisandro Lopez (thigh) and Luisao (arm), as well as Nuno Santos (knee).   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

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