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UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs: What to look out for on Wednesday

With both Bayern and Benfica needing to mount notable comebacks, the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs offer plenty to get your teeth into.

A significant night lies in store for António Silva and Josep Guardiola
A significant night lies in store for António Silva and Josep Guardiola

Both of the remaining UEFA Champions League quarter-final ties may be separated by two goals or more, but there are nonetheless storylines aplenty to look forward to ahead of the second legs with Bayern are in need of a near-record comeback and Benfica simply want to be Benfica.

Presented by Turkish Airlines, we pick out some of the most intriguing storylines ahead of Wednesday's two return games.

Quarter-final second legs

Tuesday 18 April
Chelsea 0-2 Real Madrid (agg: 0-4)
Napoli 1-1 AC Milan (agg: 1-2)

Wednesday 19 April
Bayern vs Man City
Inter vs Benfica

Treble-chasing City hold all the cards

Manchester City were near irresistible in the first leg, blowing Bayern away with a performance which will have had the rest of the competition nervously double-checking their side of the draw. Whisper it quietly, but Josep Guardiola's side are once again coming to the boil at just the right time … and the treble is still very much on the cards.

Bayern are no European featherweights, though, and if anyone can join the elite group of clubs – Barcelona, Liverpool, Roma and Deportivo La Coruña – to have overturned three or four-goal first-leg deficits, it's a side with their pedigree. "It's a huge mountain," said Thomas Tuchel. "You'll not trick me to say it's too big, but it's big."

Highlights: Man City 3-0 Bayern

Benfica seeking a miracle at Inter

"Depression" was the headline on Portuguese sports daily Record following Benfica's 2-0 first-leg home loss to Inter, while A Bola marked the Eagles' first defeat in 13 Champions League games with a similar one-word epithet: "Disillusion." It was only their third defeat in any competition since the arrival of Roger Schmidt in the summer, and followed hard on the heels of a 2-1 home loss to Porto in a Portuguese Liga Clássico.

However, if the local press were struggling for optimism – and the situation does not look good on paper – Benfica have won eight of their last nine away games in all competitions, conceding just once and scoring two or more goals in seven of those matches. "We have to believe that we can turn this around in Italy and score three goals there," said midfielder Fredrik Aursnes. Defender António Silva put it more succinctly: "Let's be Benfica." Faith can move mountains.

Highlights: Benfica 0-2 Inter