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Benfica focused on defence in UCL second leg vs. Bayern Munich - Vitoria


Rui Vitoria believes his Benfica side's showing in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg vs. Bayern Munich puts them in a good position to surprise the Bundesliga power on Wednesday in Lisbon.

Benfica managed to leave the Allianz Arena in Munich just one goal down, after conceding an early strike to Arturo Vidal and then holding on for the 1-0 final.

Now Vitoria says the team will hunker down at the Estadio da Luz and focus on defence first as they try to pull off a miracle win against Pep Guardiola's side and advance to the semifinals.

"We have to play well defensively as we're facing one of the best teams in the world, one of the favourites to win the competition and a side who set up the same home and away," Vitoria said ahead of the match, while adding: "Nicolas Gaitan is a doubt and only before the match will I know if I can count on him."

Vitoria added that the personnel at Guardiola's disposal means that Bayern can employ a variety of tactical approaches for the second leg, but that won't stop Benfica from trying to break through for a dream result.

"We didn't win there, but tactically we did well and were very organised," Vitoria said. "However, we know Bayern are tactically very versatile with lots of resources at their disposal, so if they don't achieve what they want playing one way they'll try something else.

"We had 5,000 fans in Munich and tomorrow the supporters will be even more important."

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