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The first leg will be played tonight at 19.45 local time in Estadio Da Luz and I can't wait for it. It will be the third official meeting of both sides in the Eurocup. First time they met in the greatest european final ever (in my subjective view ;) ) 1961 in Berna, Wankdorfstadion when Benfica beat Barcelone 3:2 with Coluna scoring a magnificent match-winner and won their first Eurocup.



The second time both sides met was when Barcelona won the Cup (note: whenever those sides meet one of them wins the trophy :proud: ) in 1991/92 Cruyff's Dream Team didn't manage to win in the old Da Luz from where they went home with a 0:0 draw. They however made the historical scoreline between those two magnificent clubs 4:4 by winning at home that season 2:1 (goals scored by Stoichkov and Bakero, Cesar Brito was Benfica's name on the scoresheet).



I personally am looking forward to my both favourite sides taking on each other and my decision whom to cheer for is a difficult one but set yet. I'm a Benfiquista sobretudo and so will cheer for Benfica obviously. If it was not for our Glorioso to make it through I will rest relaxed and in joyfull happyness when Barça gain the trophy at the end of the season.
VIVA O Benfica é VISCA EL BARçA!
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Here's how I would line the team up:

Quim - Nelson, Luisão, Anderson, Léo - Petit - Simão, Karagounis, Robert - Miccoli - Mantorras
 

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Camacho talks about the atmosphere at Estádio da Luz

José Antonio Camacho falou à Marca do ambiente que o Barcelona vai encontrar esta noite quando subir ao relvado do estádio da Luz. O ex-técnico encarnado avisou os conterrâneos que os adeptos benfiquistas vão tornar a atmosfera num verdadeiro inferno para a formação catalã.

"A 'afición' do Benfica é difícil de igualar e no estádio da Luz todas as equipas passam muito mal. É muito difícil lá ganhar. O ambiente será tremendo e a equipa cresce quando recebe apoio desde a bancada. A atmosfera que logram criar neste estádio é incrível. É uma 'afición' muito apaixonada", expressou à Marca.

Camacho indicou que as águias vão jogar "sem complexos" e procurar manter a posse de bola desde o primeiro minuto, para não dar oportunidade ao Barça de a trocar de jogador em jogador. "O Benfica vai tentar que o Barça não movimente a bola facilmente e vai tentar surpreender com ataques rápidos, uma das suas principais virtudes, sobretudo se houver espaços", referiu.

Para o espanhol, o clube está agora a "pouco e pouco a recuperar a sua grandeza". "Já deixou fora o Manchester e o Liverpool, duas equipas muito fortes na Europa, pelo que o Barça não deve ter excesso de confiança", analisou o espanhol, que salientou Simão, "a referência do clube" – "A equipa procura a sua velocidade para o contra-ataque", disse –, Luisão, Petit e Manuel Fernandes.

"Luisão é a chave da defesa. É um jogador com experiência e que manda lá atrás. Petit e (Manuel) Fernandes complementam-se muito bem no meio-campo. O primeiro sabe marcar bem e Fernandes consolidou-se como um futebolista muito completo", elogiou.
 

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Culéd said:
Great post Bier :thumbsup:

We're probably fielding a completely new backline so I'm not sure what to hope for.. :neutral: :stress: Either way, may the best team win (the CL ;))!
Thanks, mate :)

Yap, very true, Puyol, Marquez and Edmilson being out of the match could give Benfica a certain boost. Yet still Barça have their excellent offensive qualities. Will be a tough challenge for our defence-line.
However, may it be a great match and as you said already, may the best side win! :thmbup:
 

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Looks like this is the line-up:

-------------------------Moretto--------------------
Ricardo Rocha---Anderson------Luisão---------Léo---
-------------Beto--Manuel Fernandes----Petit-------
Simão-----------------------------------------Robert
------------------------Geovanni--------------------
 

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Looks like this is the line-up:

-------------------------Moretto--------------------
Ricardo Rocha---Anderson------Luisão---------Léo---
-------------Beto--Manuel Fernandes----Petit-------
Simão-----------------------------------------Robert
------------------------Geovanni--------------------
Really :wth: I rather have Miccoli or Mantorras as a lone striker. Koeman better not put Rocha in at RB because Ronaldinho will have a field day. Our best option at that position is Nelson, he matches up much better to Ronaldinho than Rocha. If Rocha starts, I could possibly see him being red carded in this match. I like the three man defensive front, but I rather attack with Simao and Geovanni (rather than Robert) on the flanks.
 

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I am suprised not to see Miccoli in your line-ups. Good luck regardless and hopefully we will meet in the semis :devil:
 

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Maybe it's interesting for you to read what the Catalan newspaper "Mundo Deportivo", which is for Barca what "A Bola" is for Benfica, have to say about the duels of tonight...


Duelos de altos vuelos
Oriol Domènech, 28/03/06 in Mundo Deportivo

Así es el rival: El Benfica en defensa y al ataque


Individualmente, los jugadores del Barça son muy superiores a sus rivales. El central Luisao y el ex azulgrana Simao son de los pocos que podrían soñar con pertenecer a la plantilla de Frank Rijkaard. Pero con el Liverpool ocurría algo parecido y los de Koeman se clasificaron para cuartos. La presión, la actitud, el orgullo y la organización serán sus armas ante Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Deco y cia.

MORETTO/VÍCTOR VALDÉS

El Barça parte con ventaja bajo los palos. Tras su infortunado error en Pamplona, Víctor ha recuperado su mejor nivel. Moretto no es tan completo. El meta local, que llegó en el mercado de invierno para cubrir las bajas de Moreira y Quim, es de gran envergadura (1,95 metros) pero sorprendentemente flojea en el juego aéreo, sobre todo en los centros cruzados al segundo palo.

NELSON/RONALDINHO

En principio era Alcides, un central reconvertido en lateral, el encargado de 'secar' a Ronnie, pero sufrió una rotura parcial del ligamento lateral interno de la rodilla derecha. No obstante, tal vez Nelson sea mejor marcador, ya que es mucho más rápido. Nelson, para hacernos una idea, responde al perfil del sevillista, y pretendido por el Barça, Daniel Alves. Es mejor en ataque que en defensa, algo de lo que se puede aprovechar Ronaldinho para generar ocasiones.

LUISAO-ANDERSON/ETO'O

Los dos centrales destacan por su corpulencia, aunque también por su lentitud en los movimientos, que Eto'o debería explotar con su imparable cambio de ritmo. Pero si en defensa Luisao y Anderson sufrirán con el camerunés, en ataque, sobre todo en las acciones a balón parado, pueden erigirse en el mayor peligro de los lusos. Los dos son muy poderosos y buscan muy bien el remate: Luisao ya marcó un gol decisivo en los octavos, el 1-0 ante el Liverpool en Da Luz.

LEO/LARSSON

Leo se parece a Nelson como lateral que se encuentra más cómodo atacando que defendiendo. Giuly podría aprovechar más los espacios que deja atrás, pero Larsson también puede superarlo dentro del área. El sueco, sin Puyol, Márquez y Edmílson, puede ser una buena ayuda en la defensa de faltas y córners.

PETIT/MOTTA

Los dos actuarán como pivotes por delante de la defensa. Destruyen, pero juegan el balón con criterio y talento. Petit, internacional luso, es el pulmón de su equipo, un futbolista impagable en la recuperación.

MANUEL FERNANDES/VAN BOMMEL

Se enfrentan un jugador consolidado en Europa, con experiencia en la Champions, con una de las mayores promesas de Portugal. Sin brillantez, Mark está tirando de su inteligencia táctica y su juego de posición para cumplir con lo que le pide Rijkaard. Hoy deberá evitar que Manuel Fernandes, a quien el Barça sigue desde que destacó en un Mundial sub'17, sirva buenos balones a los tres delanteros con su excelente zurda.

BETO/DECO

Promete ser el duelo más eléctrico. Beto es incansable y roba muchos balones, pero lo tendrá difícil ante un Deco con una variedad de recursos técnicos enorme. Anular a Deco es el objetivo prioritario de Koeman.

SIMAO/VAN BRONCKHORST

Simao es el más peligroso del Benfica. No tiene nada que ver con el Simao que jugó en el Camp Nou. Ha madurado y mejorado. Es rápido, hábil, da buenas asistencias y tiene gol: no sólo es el líder del Benfica sino también intocable en su selección. Gio y Belletti, ya que Simao juega en las dos bandas, deberán estar atentos.

GEOVANNI/OLEGUER-RODRI

El ex azulgrana actuará como ariete por la ausencia del sancionado Nuno Gomes. Oleguer y Rodri deben vigilar los espacios que Geovanni dejará para la entrada de los dos interiores y los dos extremos. Oleguer y Rodri serán claves en la defensa del juego aéreo.

ROBERT/BELLETTI

Belletti afronta su gran examen en Da Luz: debe demostrar que puede seguir gozando de la confianza de Rijkaard de cara al futuro. Su misión, más que subir al ataque, que es lo que le gusta, será impedir que el francés Robert se saque buenos centros con su talentosa zurda.
 

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Fancy Benfica tonight...think Barca may under-estimate you guys much like ourselves and the Mancs. Good luck. :thumbsup:
 

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0-0,ht......

Well,we can not do much against Barça, we dont have enough strenght in attack to make impact in Barça defence....
 

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We played much better in the second half. Our counter attack was more effective and we were denied a penalty off of a hand ball. Barcelona clearly could have been up a couple of goals if it wasn't for Morreto. It's going to be an interesting second leg and hopefully Koeman utilizes Nelson. Forca Benfica :star: :proud:
 

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been away from the pc and watched the game at a friends place BUT i would like to thank bier for an excelent introduction :star:

what can i say?

great football game, very exciting, many chances from side to side, barcelona with the edge in the 1st half, benfica with the edge in the 2nd half

im bursting with pride of our team, no words to thank them for their effort tonight :proud:

robert was pathetic and i hope he doesnt start any game so soon. ricardo was all alone covering the flank during the 1st half, and that asshole didnt provide any help, nor made any attacking efforts.
Also i didnt change my mind one bit about moretto, who made unbeleivable blunders again, but he also had a couple terrific defenses...stilll, my opinion doesnt change , hes crap and has some luck at times

now the rest.....ricardo was a giant, leo, anderson, manuel, miccoli., etc..all, all of them...and one word for a player that everyone knows i dislike and cant stand...beto...he was great tonight and put deco in his pocket:thmbup:

what can i say? the vast majority of barça fans in XT said barça would walk all over us in both games...well it didnt happen, and the only reason we didnt win 2-0 tonight, was becoz the ref helped barça by not calling two clear penalties;)

0-0....bit frustrating result after what happend, specially in the 2nd half, although we did have some luck in the 1st half ...however our 2nd half was much better ( same as in the anfield game)

now for the 2nd leg anything can happen...benfica just has to play like today, except that robert cant start ( plez put nelson in his place!) .

we got to keep humble, and we deserve respect , becoz we been showing we may be poor, but we are still benfica :star:

benfica :heart: :heart: :heart:
 

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Well,i am proud of my team and also for the first time with Koeman...of course apart from Moretto.....

That Barça team is damn good,the best in europe right now....especialy in attack...so we play as we should play,of course we made some defensive errors but you should give credit also to Barça team.

Ricardo Rocha.... :thumbsup: :cool:

So we are now with 30% per cent of chances to pass tp the semi finals.....

Of course it could be higher if it was not a dumb english ref.... :thmbdown: :doh:
 

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Probs to Barça, thrilling display of football-skills :eek: however some of our players managed to get recognised as well. I'm talking of Simão, an incredible Ricardo Rocha, Miccoli and yes I admit it Moretto (regardless of his two mistakes which gave Barcelona two good opportunities given he could parry them in style). I'm proud of that team tonight, they obviously didn't have it to mess with the talents of Barça on their level of skills yet however managed to hold them to a draw which could become vital if Simão was to show us something outstanding again in Camp Nou or Luisão might boost another header past Victor Valdez. But one thing is for sure and evenmore obvious after todays match, Barcelona will be the longest 90 minutes of Benfica's season :eek:
 

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Btw,Bier,what was your team today?Benfica or Barça? :)
 

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Benfica, though it felt strange for the first time of my life watching a Barça-game without cheering for them, but I'm a Benfiquista above everything else. :)
 

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Disappointing game from the team, we could have lost this game by 2 or 3. Yes, the game changed a bit in the second half but we were still harmless. We are much better than this Benfica side who played against Barcelona.
 
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