Picture : Darwin Nunez - a new Benfica Record !
Statistics on Champions’ League semi-finals of April 13
*Josep Guardiola became the first coach to lead his team to the Champions League semi-finals in as many as 9 different seasons (4 with Barcelona, 3 with Bayern Munich, 2 with Manchester City). He surpassed José Mourinho (8) and Carlo Ancelotti (8, including this season).
*Manchester City has played their 100th game in Champions League winning 55 of them. Only one team, Real Madrid, have won more of their first 100 games in the competition (57).
*Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) has reached the UCL semi-final stage for the 4th time as a coach, equaling German record of Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld. Klopp progressed to the final in all 3 previous cases.
*Liverpool will play in the semi-final stage of the European Cup/Champions League for 2th time; they have matched English record of Manchester United (also 12 semi-finals).
*Darwin Núñez has scored his 6th goal in Champions League of this campaign: the new record for a Benfica player in a single season in the competition; the previous club record was 5 goals of Nuno Gomes in the season 1998-1999.
*Roberto Firmino, after a brace vs Benfica, has increased his tally in Champions League to 20 goals. He is 4th Liverpool player to reach this milestone in European Cup/Champions League, joining Mohamed Salah (33), Sadio Mané (22) and Steven Gerrard (21).