Benfica vs Atletico Madrid by Garc1
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In the first game Benfica won quite surprisingly Atletico at Vicente Calderon, even for me, it was the first defeat of Atletico at home for champions league.
Gaitan and Guedes scored the 2 goals of that victory and pretty much opened the qualification of Benfica.
Has I said before, this Benfica team doesn't have the quality of former years back, lost 3 key players for this season and is trying to build a competitive team to attack the championship.
Lost Maxi to Porto( sub-captain), Lima ( best striker) and Salvio( long therm injury), made a few signings but they struggle to be in the first team, and the solution came from the academy with quality youngsters like Semedo( wright defender), Guedes ( wright winger) and now Sanches( attacking midfielder).
From the last game against Atletico, Benfica wont play with the captain Luisao ( central key defender), Semedo( key wright defender), Gaitan is showing fatigue as well as Guedes. The lack of options of this team makes them play a lot of games with the same eleven, and injuries and fatigue build up.
Benfica is already qualified and the pressure is out, they have done a good job with the few resources that they have but at this level Atletico is far better team at this moment.
In the last 5 champions league games Benfica suffered goals in 4 of them, the last draw against Astana (2-2) is a good picture of the defensive weakness of this team at this point.
Atletico is all in about this game, they need a win to secure the first place and avoid stronger teams from other groups, they have a far more quality team and they know it, they want to revenge the defeat at home and this time will be more prepared to do so.
They won't have Jackson ( very used to score against Benfica when he was in Porto..), but they have quality players to avoid any surprise.
This Atletico team has the quality, the motivation and the lack of options from Benfica will make them win the game with no surprise for me.
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