Portuguese side Benfica travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the quarter-finals (second leg) of the Champions League. The first leg ended with the Blues just narrowly managing to defeat Benfica 1-0.
Chelsea, who seem to be growing in confidence with every game, will be going into this game after a convincing 4-2 victory over Aston Villa in their last fixture. Interim manager Roberto Di Matteo's decision to rest senior players including Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien in the first leg worked well for the Blues, who have an advantage going into this game.
However, Di Matteo has warned his players not to be over confident and take Benfica for granted.
"It is a danger. This is half-time and we're leading 1-0. But a 1-0 lead is basically nothing. Our players are aware of this, and we'll have to go into this game with the right attitude, the same attitude as against Napoli," Skysports quoted Di Matteo as saying.
Benfica, on the other hand, who were confident of an early advantage over the Blues, were stunned after the defeat. However, the Portuguese side, who manage to get quite a number of shots on target, will be looking to put their first leg misery behind them and head into this game with a fresh approach.
Also, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus, who has no intention of changing his tactical approach to, believes his side are capable of making a comeback.
"Chelsea obviously have the upper hand, but we are going to approach this game in the same manner as we would have if we had won the first game. Chelsea had quite a lot of luck in the first match, considering we dominated the match," he said, according to a Skysports report.
"We have the quality to win this game, obviously, and I'm sure that - this time round - we can turn the tables on Chelsea and do the same as they did in Lisbon. They came out to play for a 0-0 draw and ended up getting a win. They'll be dangerous from set-pieces but we need to play an offensive game and cancel out that first-leg advantage," he added
Chelsea Probable Team: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Meireles (doubtful); Ramires, Mata, Kalou; Torres
Benfica Probable Team : Artur; Maxi Pereira, Javi Garcia, Luisao (doubtful), Emerson; Witsel, Bruno Cesar, Aimar, Gaitan; Cardozo, Rodrigo
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