Paris Saint-Germain’s front three of Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. will be a problem for Benfica on Wednesday at the Estádio da Luz.
Both teams are vying to top Group H in the UEFA Champions League, so the matchup is vital. Nonetheless, for Benfica, they’ll need to put together a defensive game plan to contain PSG’s deadly attack.
Manager Roger Schmidt spoke to the media on Tuesday ahead of Benfica’s fixture against the French giants. One question that the German tactician answered is how his squad plans to defend PSG’s offense.
“You always have to adapt to the opponent, but I don’t think it’s pointless to reinforce the defensive line,” Schmidt told reporters (h/t Canal Supporters).
“I think the key will be to be technically very good, to avoid one-on-one situations and to minimize spaces by supporting each other.”
Benfica will do everything possible to make life difficult for the capital club. The Portuguese side took down Juventus on the road in Turin during Matchday 2, so there won’t be much fear when PSG comes into Lisbon.
The current Ligue 1 champions will need to get off to a good start and find goals early to shatter their confidence, but if Benfica’s defending can hold PSG’s attack to zero goals late in the game, it allows them a chance to score once and come away with the win.