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Barca focus is on Benfica first

FIVE days before an always-intense match against Real Madrid, Barcelona can take a big step toward the knockout round of the Champions League when they visit Benfica tonight (Live Sky Sports 4).

BARCELONA matched their best Spanish league start with a comeback 3-2 win at Sevilla on Saturday, and coach Tito Vilanova wants his team to focus on the Portuguese club and not be distracted by Madrid's visit to the Camp Nou on Sunday.

"This game (against Benfica) is the more important game," said Vilanova.

"The game this weekend, against Madrid, will come soon enough. Besides, it is always better to have won the game before, it gives you added confidence."

Shortly after Bayern Munich equalled their club record by starting the season with nine straight wins in all competitions, sporting director Matthias Sammer criticised the team for a lack of effort in the 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen.

"It wasn't good enough until we scored the opening goal, we have to be clear about that," Sammer said. "It's not always about judging the result."

He will be looking for an improvement on performance tonight away to Bate Borisov.

Elsewhere in Group F Valencia host Lille in Spain.

In Chelsea's group, Juventus, unbeaten in their last 45 Serie A matches, host Shakhtar Donetsk, who have won their last 25 games in all competitions.

In the other game, Galatasaray host Braga in Group H with both sides looking for their opening points of this season's Champions League.


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