Samaris praises squad's team spirit

Despite being out of European competitions and the Portuguese Cup, Benfica still have their main objective in sight to retain.

Andreas Samaris welcomed the good run in both league and league cup by praising the team spirit outside the pitch.

"Benfica's force comes from that. We are a family of friends."

"The youngest in the group can joke with the oldest and vice versa. This is very important."

The Greek midfielder who joined the Lisbon side from Olympiakos in the summer was speaking to Benfica TV in the 'Alta Fidelidade' show.

Benfica through to League Cup final!

Benfica beat Vitória de Setúbal convincingly tonight to reach their 6th League Cup final in the history of the competition which began in 2007/08.

The manager kept consistent in his first XI by fielding players with the least amount of playing time with the likes of Lisandro Lopez at centre back and youngster Gonçalo Guedes in the right wing starting.

Ruben Amorim returns to the squad list

Jorge Jesus has listed midfielder Rúben Amorim for tonight's game against Vitória de Setúbal.

Although giving no guarantees that Amorim will be on the bench, it's a step forward for the Portuguese after a 5 month absence on the sidelines after a leg injury at the start of the season at Boavista.

Captain Luisão has not been selected; alongside Maxi Pereira, André Almeida and Gaitán.

Gonçalo Guedes, Benfica's promising youngster, continues to win the manager's vote and could also feature tonight.

The match kicks-off tonight at 19:45 local time.

Benfica share derby spoils

Benfica scored in the last second of the game through defender Jardel and come away from Alvalade with a share of the points against bitter rivals Sporting.

This vital draw keeps Portugal's third best team 7 points away from the leaders.

Despite having no chances on goal during the 90 minutes Jorge Jesus' side showed resilience and experience in keeping Marco Silva's men at bay.

Jorge Jesus was satisfied to leave with a point given the circumstances of the game as both teams cancelled each other out.

Jorge Jesus hopeful for Gaitán

The Argentine playmaker has been sidelined since Benfica's victory over Marítimo in Funchal, however Jorge Jesus is hopeful that he may be able to play a part.

"Gaitán trained today [Friday], he will train tomorrow [Saturday] but I am not certain if he will play. On Sunday we will know for sure. We still have hope.

"With Júlio César injured, Artur is set to take the place between the goalposts and the manager showed his full confidence on the Brazilian keeper.

"Artur is a player with many years in football, with a lot of experience, he isn't a kid."              

Lisbon derby magic moments!

As we warm up for tomorrow's crunch match away against our eternal reptilian foes, we've been reliving some epic derbies of the past. Let us know your best moments in the comments!

Pablo Aimar 2010

As Benfica thundered on in their title winning 2009/10 season, the home fixture to eternal rivals Sporting stuck out as a potential hazard. Sporting hadn't had a season to write home about, but then they rarely do. Nonetheless, a derby is always a derby. And no one would have loved to have taken it away from us more than Sporting. After a tense and goalless first half, finally Óscar "Tacuara" Cardozo diverted a driving cross from Fábio Coentrão into the Sporting goal on 68 minutes, to everyone's joy and relief. But the match was topped off by this sensational goal from Pablito himself.

January transfer window summary

January transfer window verdict by Chris Santos

The transfer window is a curious thing for a Benfica fan. You can never fully predict what you get, no matter who you are or how much money you have. But these days it's come to mean one thing for certain. One, or possibly more, of our best players will be leaving. Take a look at the players who have been and gone in the era of Jorge Jesus and you have one hell of a team. If we weren't forced to sell, we could be challenging the big boys in the Champions League. Sadly, that is the stuff of dreams for now.

Benfica to face Vitória de Setúbal in League Cup semi

Benfica's League Cup semi-final is now confirmed and will play Liga opponents V. Setúbal.

The Setúbal side won Boavista 3-0 to pip Sporting to the semis.

The match will be played on 11th February at 19:45 GMT, while the other semi-final between Marítimo and FC Porto will bizarrely be played on 2nd April... another Portuguese Football League touch.

Derby antics commence

This matchweek is the much anticipated Lisbon derby with Benfica travelling a couple of kilometres to Alvalade where they will play Sporting CP.

It would not be a derby without a heated build up between two and Sporting fans began by embarrassing themselves when they disfigured wall murals that celebrated Benfica's glorious history.
In Campolide, Sporting fans forgot how to spell their own name...

Júlio César vows to come back stronger

Benfica's first choice keeper suffered a leg injury during the win against Boavista on Saturday 31st January.

Júlio César has expressed his desire to return stronger in an injury that will see him sidelined at least until March.

"I'm with my colleague João Silveira en route to Seixal for more treatment. Hope to come back stronger than before! Focused and determined."

The ex-Inter Milan shot stopper joined Benfica this summer after stints in QPR and Toronto FC. Júlio is Brazil's former number one keeper and has lifted the Champions League with the Italian club.