Let’s go for a new big European evening on the Foot Mercato site. On the program for this fifth day of the group stage of the Champions League, several enticing matches such as the confrontation at the Estadio de la Luz between Benfica Lisbon and Juventus Turin, the two teams present in the PSG group, which face Maccabi Haifa. Only third in group H with 3 points (1V, 3D), the Old Lady finds herself on the verge of elimination. Only a victory against Lisbon this evening and Paris next week, combined with a poor performance by the Eagles against the Israelis, would allow him to believe in qualifying for the next round. In short, a victory is imperative for the men of Massimiliano Allegri. Benfica Lisbon is still elusive and undefeated at the start of the season, both on the national and European scene. Solid second in this group with 8 points (2V, 2D), like PSG, the Portuguese club only needs one point to validate its ticket for the next round and bury the last Turin hopes. A meeting which will be followed live with commentary on the Foot Mercato site from 9 p.m.
For this fifth exit of the season in the group stage of the Champions League, Massimiliano Allegri does not upset his plans after the convincing victory against Empoli (4-0) last Friday. The transalpine coach decided to opt for an articulated 3-5-2 scheme, led by a Dusan Vlahovic logically present on the front of the attack, alongside Moise Kean. In the middle, Adrien Rabiot, Manuel Locatelli and Weston McKennie are aligned, accompanied by the pistons Juan Cuadrado and Filip Kostic. Regarding the former Parisians, Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria are absent due to injury. On the side of Benfica Lisbon, Roger Schmidt is betting on continuity with a traditional 4-2-3-1 articulated around his master to play Rafa Silva, placed in support of the star striker, Gonçalo Ramos. The Portuguese midfielder will lead the attacking sector alongside Joao Mario and Fredrik Aursnes. Note the absence due to injury of Julian Draxler, transferred this winter in the form of a loan from PSG.
The essays :
Juventus: Szczesny – Danilo, Bonucci, Gatti – Cuadrado, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic – Vlahovic, Kean
Benfica: Vlachodimos – Bah, Silva, Otamendi, Grimaldo – Fernandez, F. Luis – Aursnes, Rafa Silva, Joao Mario – Ramos
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