Benfica will face Eintracht Frankfurt at Estádio da Luz, in Lisabon, in the Europa League Quarter-Finals first leg. Benfica against Eintracht Frankfurt is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Both strong and talented squads will play for Semi-Final of second biggest European Tournament. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Benfica is a strong favorite to become winners of Primeira Liga in Portugal. Now they are sharing 1st place with their constant rivals Porto, however, Benfica has better goals difference. Unfortunately, they lost to Sporting in Semi-Final of Taca de Portugal and lost chances to take treble this season. Although, they can now concentrate to Portugal highest league and UEFA Europa League. Unfortunately, Benfica took 3rd place in CL group stage, that because they were relegated to Europa League. However, Eagles now can show the full potential of the team playing against equal class teams.
Bruno Lage becomes a Head Coach of the team after being the manager of Benfica B for 1 year. He should know players well and give chances to younger team members. Especially right now, then lots of main squad players are injured. German Conti, Tyronne Ebuehi, Gabriel and Eduardo Salvio will miss the match due to injuries. Haris Seferovic is the best striker in the Domestic league with 18 scored goals and 5 assists. As we know, they are growing and grew already big stars and promoting academies players often. Every year young and talented players are joining big clubs.
In total, Benfica is a very strong and creative team with lots of skillful and fast players. This season is very strong at finishing scoring chances, attacking set pieces, attacking down the wings, stealing the ball from the opposition and creating chances using through balls. Unfortunately, they play poorly at defending against long shots and stopping opponents from creating chances.
Eintracht Frankfurt this year is a big surprise for Germany and Europe also. In Bundesliga, they are standing at 4th place with 4 points difference against nearest chaser. In UEFA Europa League they made a big sensation knocking out Internazionale in 1/8 Final. Frankfurt is unbeaten in 15 games in a row since January. They feel very confident and play their best football. It looks like they are on the fire now and Benfica is in big trouble if doesn’t find the way how to fight against Germans.
Luka Jovic is one of the most youngest and talented players in the squad. He is only 21 years old. Serbian already scored 17 goals in Bundesliga and stands at second place after Lewandowski. In Europa League, he took 4th place with 7 scored goals. Many top teams which are facing troubles in the attack and looking for the best choice are aiming at Luka. Adi Haller joined the club in the 2018 year and already achieved great results. He built a team mixed between old and experienced with young and prospective players. As a result, we see them in Germany and Europe creating competition even to the biggest clubs.
Unfortunately, Marco Russ, Taleb Tawatha, Danny da Costa from the defense are not able to help the team in the important match due to injuries. Moreover, Sebastian Rode, Marc Stendera and Mijat Gacinovic will miss this match too because the same reasons. And finally, Sebastian Haller, second best striker of the team probably miss next game due to an abdominal strain, what can strongly effect teams attack. Eintracht Frankfurt plays strongly at counter attacks, aerial duels, finishing scoring chances and creating scoring chances. However, they facing troubles at keeping possession of the ball and avoiding the offside.
These teams have never met before.
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