When Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain square off on Wednesday in Group H action at the Estadio da Luz, both teams will be looking to maintain their undefeated starts to the 2022–23 Champions League.
Both teams have six points after their first two games, but in this week’s top-of-the-table matchup in Lisbon, something needs to give.
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Benfica experienced the adage “all good things must come to an end” over the weekend as Roger Schmidt’s team had their impressive winning streak snapped in a scoreless draw with their opponents in the Primeira Liga.
Benfica had a phenomenal start to their new era under Schmidt, who has quickly guided As Aguias to first place in the Primeira Liga standings – three points clear of Porto and Braga – with 13 victories from 13 matches in all competitions before to that 0-0 stalemate.
Benfica made more waves in Europe with a 2-1 victory at Juventus’ Turin headquarters, as Joao Mario and David Neres overcame Arkadiusz Milik’s fourth-minute opener. This came after Benfica’s European campaign opened with a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
Despite having to overcome Midtjylland and Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League qualifying round, Schmidt’s nearly flawless team is only in second place after scoring one goal less than group leaders and upcoming rivals PSG.
The Portuguese powerhouses have five victories to their name from their five home Champions League matches against French opponents, and they have netted at least two goals in each of their seven victories at home thus far this season. However, PSG are experts when it comes to offensive dominance.
Christophe Galtier and PSG had a rough time against Nice on Saturday, but the Parisiens’ head coach was fortunate to have the option of bringing Kylian Mbappe off the bench to secure a 2-1 victory.
Gaetan Laborde’s initial free kick was stopped by Hugo Ekitike before Galtier sent in the cavalry and Mbappe scored the game-winning goal for the French champions eight minutes from time.
PSG was given a scare against Maccabi Haifa in their most recent Champions League match, but ultimately prevailed 3-1, and they continue to sit comfortably atop the Group H standings. PSG is still holding off closest rival Marseille in the Ligue 1 title race.
PSG, like Benfica, has gone the entirety of the 2022–23 season unbeaten, winning each of their last seven games across all competitions. However, the capital club hasn’t kept a clean sheet away from home in Europe’s top league since October 2020.
Both managers are putting their unbeaten streaks on the line in Lisbon as Benfica and PSG haven’t faced off in a competitive matchup since the 2013–14 Champions League group stage, when Les Parisiens crushed their Portuguese opponents 3-0 at home before losing away.
This match between two unbeaten heavyweights, both of whom underperformed over the weekend, may require a moment of magic to decide, and Benfica are not to be underestimated at home.
Galtier’s front three are capable of conjuring up game-defining moments on a whim, and we anticipate the French champions to just about edge a close match in Lisbon despite PSG’s defense occasionally losing focus.