#UCL Preview: Spanish Derby awaits while Benfica look to upset Bayern

Barcelona head into the tie off the back of a 2-1 defeat to eternal rivals Real Madrid over the weekend.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Picture: Barcelona FC official Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - A feisty Spanish derby awaits while Benfica look to do some giant killing in Munich. EWN Sport's Carl Lewis takes a look at a #UCL Preview.


Barcelona head into the tie off the back of a 2-1 defeat to eternal rivals Real Madrid over the weekend.

The loss ended a 39 match unbeaten streak with their last defeat coming in October last year, however, defender Gerard Pique says the result should not be blown out of proportion and they are fully aware of the task at hand.

Atletico have nothing to lose and will be boosted by their 5-1 drubbing of Real Betis over the weekend closing the gap on Barcelona to six points in La Liga.

The Madrid side will have fond memories of their last Champions League clash against the Catalans having knocked them out two years ago at the very same stage of the competition.

Understandably Atletico will know that Barcelona's exceptional front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have the ability to dismantle any defence which is why the return of influential defender Diego Godin could prove vital.

Treble chasing Barcelona will be buoyed by the fact they have beaten Atletico in each of their last six matches which makes them slight favourites at the Nou Camp.


Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites for their clash against Portuguese giants Benfica.

However, the Lisbon outfits coach Rui Vitoria has warned the Bavarian superstars not to underestimate his talented young side.

Benfica have reached the quarter final stage for the first time in four years and coupled with the fact that they lead the Portuguese league, their youthful squad will be chomping at the bit to knock off the much fancied Bayern.

Benfica will rely on the guile of Nicolas Gaitan to provide goals and creativity whilst their attack will be led by Brazilian Jonas and striker Kostas Mitroglu.

Bayern had to call on some late heroics in their epic Round of 16 clash against Juventus to advance into the quarter finals and keep their treble hopes alive.

Guardiola will be aware that failure to make a significant impact in this seasons Champions League will leave his three year tenure in Munich up for debate.

Bayern will rely on the trickery and speed of Douglas Costa whilst one of Europe's most potent duos Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski will provide the goal scoring threat.

Bayern have scored more than two goals in eight of their last nine UCL matches whilst Benfica head into the match on a 15 match unbeaten run on the road.