Liverpool and Benfica meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday 13 April.
Nélson Veríssimo, Benfica coach: “We can suppress Liverpool’s strengths. Like any team, they have weaknesses that we can take advantage of. We have a defensive process in which we will have to have great competence. It’s going to be tough but we can share the game tomorrow then count on our fans, who will be able to inspire our team for a great European night.”
Chelsea advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season last night by beating Lille 4-1 on aggregate.
Erik Ten Hag, Ajax coach: “We have studied how Benfica play and we’ll be more than ready. We are thinking about a good gameplan but in the end the players have to make the right decisions and read the game really well in order to win it.”
Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach, on whether they can apply the same pressure they did in the reverse fixture: “It’s going to be harder, no doubt about it, but let’s not run away from our idea of the game, which is going to be the same. The quality of Barcelona can easily take away the pressure on the player with the ball but let’s try. We know when we have to press more and when less.”
Reaching the knockout phase with two matches to spare would put a smile on the face of even the sternest of coaches, and five teams are within sight of sealing their progress ahead of time. Top scorers Bayern know they will go through should they repeat their Matchday 3 victory over