CL: Benfica will fight for every centimeter in Lisbon, says Rui Vitoria
Munich: Benfica’s coach Rui Vitoria has warned Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich to expect a fight in Lisbon following the Bavarians’ 1-0 win in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria
Bayern’s Arturo Vidal netted just 109 seconds into the first leg at Munich’s Allianz Arena to give the Germans the slenderest of leads for the second leg on Wednesday April 13.
Warning for Bayern
But Vitoria has warned star-studded Bayern they will have to battle to get a result at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz if they want to reach a fifth straight Champions League semi-final.
"My players implemented our strategy very well and I am proud because we put in a good performance here," said Benfica’s Vitoria.
"It’s not easy to get a result and most teams have great difficulties here. So I am very, very happy with the way we played. "Everything is still open and we will fight for every centimetre in Lisbon."
Vitoria’s Benfica can take plenty of heart before the second leg, but the Portuguese league leaders will be without top-scorer Jonas.
The 32-year-old picked up a second-half booking, his third of the tournament, which means he will be suspended for the return. Bayern boss Pep Guardiola was pleased to take even a slender lead to Lisbon after his team failed to take their few chances on a frustrating night.
"I am very happy, because I know the level of the opponent," said the Spaniard, who is in his third and final season in Munich before coaching Manchester City next season. "In quarter-finals of the Champions League, it is always the second leg which decides things. We’ll fly to Lisbon to win the game."