Recent managerial appointment Roger Schmidt will be aiming to enhance his early legacy at the Estadio da Luz over the next fortnight and inch Benfica ever closer to the Champions League where, last season, they reached the last-eight — losing out to eventual finalists Liverpool.
Darwin Nunez may have left, but As Aguias are European royalty and will be hoping some of their new summer recruits, chiefly David Neres and Enzo Fernandez, can remedy the Uruguayan’s gaping void.
Midtjylland famously reached the Champions League group stages for the first time in 2020/21, and they even claimed a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the process. The Danes were unable to repeat that feat last term as they came up short in the third qualifying round, so this summer represents a chance for the club to avenge their 4-0 aggregate defeat to PSV in the competition’s penultimate qualifier last year.
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Benfica didn’t exactly play with swashbuckling brilliance in the Champions League last season, but they did manage to grind out results and pragmatically reach the quarter-finials, before then letting loose — at times — against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Commendably, including qualifiers, Benfica kept eight clean sheets in last season’s Champions League, including in their 3-0 win over Barcelona and a 0-0 at the Camp Nou. The Lisbon side also kept a lid on Ajax in the Round of 16 at the Johan Cruyff Arena to book their ticket to the quarter-finals. They’re now under new leadership in the dugout, but the spine of the team remains that same. Midtjylland would do well to get on the scoresheet in the Portuguese capital.