Daniel Carvajal focused on crucial Benfica home leg

Daniel Carvajal admits that it will be tough for Bayer Leverkusen to knock Benfica out of the Europa League.

Bayer Leverkusen right-back Daniel Carvajal has admitted that it is crucial for his side to beat Benfica on Thursday so that they have a lead to defend in Portugal.

A place in the Europa League last 16 is up for grabs and Carvajal has said that a "very, very good team" stands in the German side's way.

"It will be important to get a result in the home game to give us a cushion when we go to Benfica," Bundesliga.com quotes Carvajal as saying.

"They're a very, very good team and they will make life really difficult for us. It will definitely be a tough challenge for us to beat them."

Leverkusen are currently third in the Bundesliga, a point behind Borussia Dortmund.

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