A few statistics before this return match between the Portuguese and French clubs...
Anthony Réveillère is the player with the most number of appearances in the Champions League with a total of 60. He is in front of Cris 50, Saviola and Lisandro 40…
Lisandro is the top goalscorer in the Champions League with 17 goals, ahead of Saviola 15…
If Claude Puel has taken control of 43 matches in the Champions League, Jorge Jesus is only at 3.
OL will play their 94th Champions League match not taking into account the 6 encounters played in the preliminary rounds. It will be the 180th European match in their history.
Claude Puel has already taken control of a match against Benfica at the Estadio Da Luz; it was on the 14th of September 2005 in the group stage of the Champions League with Lille. The side from Lisbon won 1-0.
Benfica’s stadium was host to the final of the Euro 2004 between Greece and Portugal.
In the Portuguese squad, there are 8 Brazilians, 5 Argentineans, 1 Paraguayan, 1 Uruguayan, 2 Spaniards … the rest are Portuguese.
The oldest player in the OL squad: Cris at 33 years of age.
The oldest player in the SL Benfica squad: Nuno Gomes, 34 years old.
SL Benfica have never lost at home to a French club! They have recorded 5 victories (OM, Lille, PSG, Montpellier, ASSE) and 4 draws (OM, Bastia, Bordeaux, Nantes).