So now, let’s postpone the celebrations and concentrate on the match with Juventus. A positive result for Juventus in the Estadio da Luz would go a long way toward paving their passage to a final that’ll be played in front of their own supporters at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Juve will play the final in front of their own supporters should they win here. Maurizio Lagana/Getty ImagesLast year’s heartbreaking loss at the Amsterdam Arena means that Benfica have now lost their last seven European finals and they’ll be desperate to overcome the favourites, denying Juve of a dream final in front of the Bianconeri faithful. Ahead of this clash between arguably the two strongest teams of the four remaining semi-finalists, here’s all the information you need on where and when you can catch the game, plus a preview of each side before the first leg in Portugal.
At the time of writing, the Serie A title is all but sewn up—they’re eight points clear of Roma—and they are the overwhelming favourites to add the Europa League to their trophy haul. This Benfica side have been equally as impressive in European competition this season, though. Jesus has the team playing an enterprising, enjoyable brand of football that has seen them blow plenty of quality opposition away. Benfica have bounced back in style after a disappointing end to 2012/13. Francisco SecoIn excruciatingly heartbreaking fashion, the Aguias were runners-up in three competitions last season, but that experience seems to have made them battle-hardened and hungry in this campaign. They’ve dominated the Portuguese top flight and have looked imperious in qualifying for their second consecutive Europa League semi-final.
Angel Di Maria is once again unavailable and is joined in the treatment room by Leandro Paredes. Elsewhere, defenders Mattia Di Sciglio and Bremer are also ruled out. Paul Pogba and Federico Chiesa continue to step up their recoveries, but aren't yet ready to make a return. Starting XI (3-5-2): Szczesny; Bonucci, Danilo, Sandro; Cuadrado, Locatelli, Rabiot, McKennie, Kostic; Kean, VlahovicBench: Perin, Miretti, Rugani, Soule, Fagioli, Gatti, Milik, Pinsoglio, Iling-JuniorThe Old Lady have it all to do on matchday five, but considering how poor they've been so far this season, the damage could well be done already.
But you have to say, Jesus and his men probably won’t have faced opposition as formidable as this Juve side in any competition this season. Nonetheless, there are plenty who expect this burgeoning Benfica outfit to give the Turin giants a real test:You suspect the Estadio da Luz will be rocking for this one. The stadium has often been disappointingly littered with swathes of empty seats in the Europa League, but the Benfica faithful will do their utmost to unsettle the visitors and galvanise their own players. The key man for the home side is Spanish forward Rodrigo.
Benfica vs Juventus: How to watch on TV live stream, team news, lineups & predictionJuventus travel to Benfica in desperate need of all three points on Tuesday if they wish to reach the Champions League knockout stages. And given Benfica's unbeaten start this season which has seen them bulldoze their way through Group H thus far, the Italian side have it all to do to keep alive faint hopes of qualification. Victory for the Portuguese giants is enough to confirm their safe passage.
Benfica vs. Juventus: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and PreviewMassimo PincaJuventus will be looking to take a big step toward their first European silverware in 18 years when they take on Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. The Lisbon giants clinched their first Portuguese title in four years on Sunday, and they will be looking to eradicate the harrowing memories of last season’s Europa League final, when they lost in the last minute to Chelsea. After securing the Primeira Liga crown, Benfica's ever-charismatic boss, Jorge Jesus, insisted his team won't lose focus when Juve come to town, per Football Italia:We have a fantastic group and never gave up. We have secured our main objective of the season, but the season could finish with us being even happier than we are now.
Date: 24 April 2014Time: 8:05 p. m. (BST)Live Stream: ITV Player, ITV Player AppTV Info: ITV4, ITV4 HDBack in 1962, Benfica sacked their manager, Bela Guttman, after he led Benfica to a European Cup final victory over a Real Madrid side containing Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas. Beset with anger and frustration, Guttman proclaimed that “not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever win a European Cup, ” per the Stuart Fraser of the Mail Online. At this juncture, 52 years on, Benfica have lost seven European finals in a row, and what has become known as the "Guttman curse" remains intact.
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Here's all you need to know about a crunch clash. Benfica vs Juventus H2H resultsCurrent Form (Last Five Games)Benfica team newsJulian Draxler picked up a thigh injury in Benfica's win against Porto and will likely miss Tuesday's game, as will Morato who remains out. David Neres has returned from injury, though, and will be available for selection. But Benfica head coach Roger Schmidt has made such an impressive start to the season by keeping team rotation to a minimum, so don't expect a flurry of changes. Benfica starting XI (4-2-3-1): Vlachodimos; Bah, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Luis, Fernandez; Mario, Silva, Aursnes; RamosBench: Gilberto, Goncalves, Pinho, Chiquinho, Neres, Ristic, BrooksJuventus team newsMassimiliano Allegri continues to battle a number of fitness woes plaguing his squad.
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It was never more prevalent than in last year’s final, when Benfica lost out to a late, late Chelsea goal despite dominating the game for long spells. But if they are to fall foul in Europe once again, you suspect it’ll have more to do with the calibre of opposition they are facing, for Antonio Conte’s Juventus team are quite the formidable outfit.
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