The Portuguese side last played on November 24 against Olhanense, and since then has been getting ready for their trip to Barça, where they will be battling for a place in the last sixteen
Jorge Jesús’ side needs to match or better whatever third placed Celtic do against Spartak Moscow, with the Scottish and Portuguese clubs currently level with seven points each
FC Barcelona already have top spot guaranteed in Champions League group G, but their visitors in Wednesday night’s game at the Camp Nou have much more to play for. Benfica are currently second, but level on seven points with Celtic, meaning they will need to at least match whatever the Scots achieve in their final fixture at home to the already eliminated Spartak Moscow.
100% focused on Barça
Benfica will have had ten free days ahead of Wednesday’s appearance at the Camp Nou. Their last game was in the domestic championship, where they are currently top of the table, on November 24, a 2-0 win against Olhanense. Since that match, the players and coaches have been focusing exclusively on the all-important final game in the Champions League group.
Benfica are due in Barcelona on Tuesday, and at 18.30 will train in the Camp Nou. Before that, at 18.00, the manager and one of his players will be speaking to the press in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom.