Match Preview & Team News
Michael Laudrup has said that, in spite of his Getafe side's 2-1 advantage over Benfica after the first leg in Lisbon, there is still a lot of hard work to do in Wednesday's 2nd leg last 16 UEFA cup clash at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Madrid…
The Dane has warned that his players will have to stop Benfica dominating possession and playing their normal game if Getafe are to reach the UEFA Cup quarter finals in their first season in Europe and has said "This is far from over. We have a good advantage over them and Benfica need to score twice to go through."
"But over there we played nearly the entire game with a man more, and they played well. We will go out to keep the ball. They're used to having all the possession in their league and the big teams suffer when they don't have the ball." said the Getafe coach.
Second-half strikes from Rubén De La Red and Pablo Hernández saw Getafe take full advantage of Óscar Cardozo's early dismissal in Lisbon. Mantorras pulled one back for Benfica, but the home team's 300th game in UEFA club competition was a major disappointment.
Jose Antonio Camacho quit as Benfica coach last weekend following a 2-2 draw against Portugal's bottom side, UD Leiria , so new boss Fernando Chalana takes charge for the first time. The 49-year-old former Portugal and Benfica winger, who also played for FC Girondins de Bordeaux, has been on Benfica's coaching staff since retiring as a player in the early 1990s.
However, Laudrup is cynical of the popular belief that a new manager always wins his first games in charge and said "I never think it's a good thing when you change coach," and added, "We've played a lot of teams with new coaches this year. The other day in the league we faced Javier Clemente at Real Murcia, so this thing about a new coach meaning a sure victory has worked quite well for us."
Getafe have a bit of an injury crisis, with Esteban Granero, Daniel Diaz, Mario Alvarez, Francisco Sousa, Miguel Pallardo, Ikechukwu Uche and Manu Del Moral all out injured. (As reported here) Braulio and Pablo Hernandez are suspended.
Squad to follow…
For Benfica, Armando Petit, Ariza Makukula and Maxi Pereira are all available, but injured pair Marc Zoro and Nuno Assis will definitely miss out, as will Oscar Rene Marin Cardozo who is suspended after his dismissal in the first leg.
Squad to follow...