Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Benfica Set to Deploy Same Winning Team Against Marseille in Upcoming Clash

In an imminent showdown at Marseille’s Vélodrome, Benfica is poised to maintain their lineup after securing a pivotal 2-1 victory against Olympique de Marseille during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final’s first leg. The cohesive strategy by German coach Roger Schmidt leverages the momentum built from their recent success at Estadio da Luz, signaling a strong push in the return match this Thursday.

Rafa Silva and ex-Paris Saint-Germain star Ángel Di María delivered the goals that provided Benfica with a strategic advantage. Their performance underscores Schmidt’s reliance on a consistent lineup, aiming to capitalize on the existing synergy among his players. This approach appears justified as the team gears up to defend their slender lead on French soil.

However, the Lisbon giants will be without Juan Bernat, the Spanish defender on loan from PSG, sidelined due to a persistent pubic bone inflammation since October last year. His absence is a blow to the team’s defensive flexibility.

Projected to take the field for Benfica in Marseille are: Anatoliy Trubin; Frederik Aursnes, Nicolas Otamendi, António Silva, Alexander Bah; João Neves, Florentino Luís; David Neres, Rafa Silva, Ángel Di María; Casper Tengstedt. This lineup mirrors the team that achieved victory last week, demonstrating Schmidt’s confidence in his chosen strategy and player composition.

With a carefully chosen team and a tactical game plan, Benfica aims to solidify their position and advance in the prestigious tournament, ensuring their strategies are clearly marked on the field.

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