No intrigue and motivation in Lisbon

REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

Benfica will meet with AEK in the 6th round of the Champions League group stage in Group E at the Estádio da Luz tonight.

Unfortunately, the match between these two teams will be nothing more than a friendly. Benfica lost the fight for second line to Ajax and finished just at third place.

As for the Eagles’ today’s rival, AEK, the Greeks remain the only team in the current Champions League draw, which did not manage to gain a single point in five rounds. In the last round, Marinos Ouzounidis’ team has a chance to give the fans some positive emotions from the UCL draw – all they need to do is not to lose in Portugal.

And Benfica’s motivation in this game? The team doesn’t face any tournament tasks – the Eagles will definitely play in the Europa League in spring. Today, Rui Vitoria has chances to check the nearest reserve and try to implement his new tactical ideas.

Possible line-ups:

Benfica: Vlachodimos — Andre Almeida, Ruben Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo — Fejsa, Pizzi, Gedson — Rafa Silva, Zivkovic, Jonas

AEK: Barkas — Bakakis, Chygrynskiy, Oikonomou, Hult — Cosic, Galanopoulos — Galo, Klonaridis, Mantalos — Ponce

Referee: Bobby Madden

Estadio da Luz, Lisbon

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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