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 it visits Benfica on Tuesday.
Barcelona matched its 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.
''The game in the Champions League will be more complicated than the game against Madrid,'' Vilanova said. ''This game is not a moment to hold something back. We have to go to Lisbon looking to win. Benfica is an important team. (Last season) they deserved to move past Chelsea, which then went on to win the tournament.''
Also, Spartak Moscow hosts Celtic looking for its first victory in the other Group G match.
Four-time champion Barcelona leads the group with three points. Celtic and Benfica are second with one point each after drawing in their opener.
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