FC Barcelona may have suffered a scare when they lost to Celtic 2-1 in Glasgow but with victories in every other game in the Champions League, qualification as group winners has been secured. Benfica, on the other hand, have it all to do as they attempt to create the biggest victory in their history to qualify as runners-up in Group G.
Since the Champions League final in 2009, where Barcelona comfortably beat Manchester United 2-0 and in a season where they went on to life five other trophies, including the league title, it has been declared that the Spanish side were the best in the world. Since then they haven’t failed to reach the semi-finals of the European competition and you wouldn’t bet on them failing this season either.
Six points clear of second-place Real Madrid in La Liga and with Celtic being the only team to defeat them in Europe and in the league, Pep Guardiola’s successor Tito Vilanova has already set them on course for a successful season. With four wins out of five, Barca know they are only playing for pride when they meet Portuguese outfit Benfica in the next fixture.