Barcelona vs Benfica Match Preview

Barcelona will look to start the Xavi Hernandez era in the Champions League with a win against Benfica in this game.

The returning midfielder knows he has a lot of work on his hands, but he would be confident he can turn his former side into a leading Spanish club again.

Benfica won the reverse of this fixture 3-0 in Portugal and that has set this one up nicely to be a game to look forward to.

Barca is above the Portuguese side by just two points and win in this match will confirm their participation in the knockout stages of the competition.

However, if they suffer yet another defeat, they would be out of the running and that is something Xavi would be working against in this match.

Benfica comes into this match on the back of two fine wins, but Barcelona struggled to beat Espanyol 1-0 at the weekend.

The Blaugranas would consider that some progress judging by where they are coming from, but their fans would want a more expansive win today.

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