Benfica players during a training session on the eve of their Champions League game against PSG, December 9. Reuters
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The Champions League final this season will be held at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, the home ground of Benfica. However, if things don't go according to plan, Benfica could see themselves out of the running of making that epic final in front of their own crowd a lot earlier than they would have envisaged.
The Portuguese side take on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who have already qualified from Group C as winners, needing to better Olympiakos' result, with the Greek side visiting Anderlecht in their final group game in the Champions League.
"Disregarding the fact that we are dependent on the result in the other match, we have to work the same way we always do, with the will to win," Benfica manager Jorge Jesus said. "At Benfica, we always play to win -- that responsibility remains the same.
"To beat Paris we'll have to be at our absolute best. Both sides have injuries, so we are equal there, but both have alternatives too. The motivation is the same for both teams.
"It won't matter what happens in the other match if we don't win ours. With time we'll see what we have to do here depending on what is happening in Greece. It was there where we may have lost our big chance to qualify.
"We played very well and didn't deserve to lose. A draw was the least we deserved, but we lost, which was unfair. For how we performed in Greece, we deserve to have more points in this group."
Olympiakos find themselves in pole position courtesy a 1-0 win over Benfica on Matchday 4, with the Portuguese team only managing a draw at home against the Greeks in the reverse tie.
Benfica, who are tied on seven points with Olympiakos, with Anderlecht out of the running, however, do have one thing in their favour, and that is the fact that PSG have already qualified as group winners, with the French team, therefore, expected to rest several key players, including the incomparable Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has not travelled to Portugal.
Laurent Blanc, though, is still determined to come away with a positive result as PSG attempt to become the first French side to win at Benfica.
"We want to maintain our high standards and win," Blanc said. "A French side has never won here so that gives us great motivation to do so. It's difficult to play without any pressure and without the need to collect points, but the players that feature will feel good for it."
Team news: Benfica: Jesus will be without striker Oscar Cardozo [back] and midfielder Ruben Amorim [knee].
PSG: Blanc will be without Gregory Van Der Wiel and Marco Verratti, who are both suspended for the tie.
Key men: Benfica: The onus will be on strikers Lima and Rodrigo to provide their side with the goals needed to give them a shot at progressing.
PSG: Lucas Moura will be keen to shine for the French side and show Blanc he is deserving of a regular place in the starting lineup.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start on early Wednesday morning with no live coverage in India. You can live stream the match by clicking HERE. Viewers in the U.S. can catch the action via live streaming HERE. To watch the match in the U.K., click HERE. Viewers in North Africa and the Middle East click HERE.
Expected lineups: Benfica: Artur; Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Cortez; Gaitan, Fejsa, Matic, Markovic; Lima, Rodrigo.
PSG: Sirigu; Jallet, Camara, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Pastore.
Prediction: 2-1 to Benfica
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