Benfica have reached at least the quarter-finals in each of the UEFA Youth League's four seasons. They came closest to lifting the trophy in 2014, losing 3-0 to Barcelona in the final, having beaten their forthcoming semi-final opponents, Real Madrid, in the last four.
Road to Nyon
The Eagles won only one of their first four group fixtures and trod a similarly fine line in the knockout stage, overcoming Midtjylland and PSV Eindhoven on penalties in the play-offs and round of 16 respectively after 1-1 draws. CSKA Moskva were then dispatched 2-0 in the quarter-finals.
Coach: João Tralhão
Tralhão, 36, is in his sixth campaign as coach of Benfica's Under-19s and has an impressive record in this competition, his side winning 21 of 35 matches.
Players to watch
Diogo Gonçalves: Including two strikes this season, the forward is on 11 UEFA Youth League goals overall, four behind the all-time record.
José Gomes: Top scorer and golden player at the 2016 UEFA European U17 Championship, 'Zé Golo' has been a regular for Benfica's B team in the Portuguese second tier this term. He made his UEFA Champions League debut against Napoli in September.
João Félix: Midfielder Félix has contributed four goals in eight UEFA Youth League appearances this campaign.
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