Cheyrou ready for Benfica test

Cheyrou feels his side’s meetings with Real Madrid and AC Milan in
the Champions League group stage earlier this season will stand the
Ligue 1 side in good stead in Lisbon. Both sides recorded emphatic
aggregate wins in the last round, Benfica brushing aside Hertha
Berlin 5-1 and OM hammering FC Copenhagen 6-2. “We are ready,”
Cheyrou said on Marseille’s official website. “We have proved it
since the beginning of the season. “We have played big European
matches in the Champions League against Milan and Real. “We are
ready to confront Benfica and we are especially impatient to be
there.” Marseille failed to win any of their four matches against
Madrid and Milan, drawing one and losing the other three. Another
Marseille man, Lucho Gonzalez, will be more familiar than most with
tomorrow’s opponents, having played until last summer for their
Liga rivals Porto. And the Argentinian feels the two teams are very
closely matched. “These two matches will probably be very closely
contested as the difference in the level between OM and Benfica is
not very big,” he said. “It will be a nice match because both teams
play a in quite a similar way by going forward a lot. It will be
necessary to be very attentive to bring back a positive result.”
Oscar Cardozo scored twice for Benfica in their 4-0 second-leg win
over Hertha, but knows the French side are likely to pose a tougher
test than a side lying bottom of the Bundesliga. “I know that
Marseille have good players, especially Lucho,” he said in the
Correio da Manha newspaper. “They are a very strong team. It will
be a very tough match.” Benfica have been boosted, though, by the
news that Brazil international Ramires and Argentinian Pablo Aimar
are likely to be fit. Marseille will be without Aimar’s countryman
Gabriel Heinze, who is likely to be out for at least another
fortnight with a hamstring injury.