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.