Benfica have appointed Bruno Lage as their new head coach after impressing in his interim role, the club having failed to land Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho will appear as a television pundit for beIN SPORTS, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last month and the Red Devils have won all five games under interim replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Portuguese has denied he is set to return to the Primeira Liga by taking charge of Benfica, while returns to either Inter or Real Madrid have also been mooted.

"I do not like feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal," he said to Correio da Manha on Thursday. "The best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached."

But Mourinho is back in work after agreeing a deal with beIN that will see him cover Premier League and Asian Cup matches for the broadcaster.

Mourinho's first appearance on beIN will be for Thursday's Asian Cup group stage fixture between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

He will resume punditry duties two days later for a Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea, one of his former clubs.

Mourinho is no newcomer to punditry work as he was part of Russia-based RT's coverage for the 2018 World Cup.

Jose Mourinho says he will not be taking charge of Benfica as he has no intention of returning to Portugal's Primeira Liga.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United last month, the Premier League giants since winning all five games under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After Benfica sacked Rui Vitoria, president Luis Filipe Vieira suggested Mourinho, who started his managerial career with a brief stint at the club, was a top target.

"I am his friend. Who would not like to have Mourinho? [But] I have not talked to him," Vieira was quoted as saying by Portuguese broadcaster SIC.

"If he says yes tomorrow, he'll be here at the drop of a hat. Money is no issue for Benfica."

But speaking to Correio da Manha, former Porto boss Mourinho rejected the suggestion he could be tempted back to the Primeira Liga.

"I do not like feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal," he said on Thursday.

"The best way to respect a great club [Benfica] and a great president is to say that I was not approached."

Mourinho has also been linked with a return to former clubs Inter and Real Madrid, having previously had two spells at Chelsea.

But the 55-year-old insisted he will not be giving any more updates on his future to the media.

"It's a tremendous honour when you return to a club where you've been," he said. "But I'm talking to you and I will not talk to anyone else.

"I'm not training, I love that I am not talked about all the time and the best way to ensure that remains the case is for me to not talk either.”

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira insisted "money is no issue" as the Portuguese giants try to lure Jose Mourinho to Estadio da Luz.

Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria said his side's desire to go into the Europa League as a seeded team motivated their 1-0 Champions League victory over AEK Athens.

Alejandro Grimaldo scored a superb 25-yard free-kick to send Benfica out of the Champions League on a high after a 1-0 win over 10-man AEK Athens.

Manchester City will look to secure top spot in Group F as the Champions League group stage ends on Wednesday, with Manchester United and Juventus also jostling for position in Group H.

Franck Ribery's first goal of the season was a deserved reward for his unselfish play this season according to Niko Kovac, who singled the Frenchman out for praise after his performance in Bayern Munich's 5-1 win over Benfica.

Ribery scored Bayern's fifth goal in a resounding victory that confirmed the Bavarians' place in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Benfica's hopes of progressing from Group E were ended.

On a night when Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski scored two goals each, Bayern head coach Kovac praised the contribution of 35-year-old winger Ribery in particular.

"He was finally able to reward himself," Kovac told reporters.

"Franck works very hard on the pitch and brings his team-mates into the game.

"Today he scored, and he earned that."

The German champions went into the game reeling from a 3-3 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf that left them fifth in the Bundesliga, nine points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.

But Robben scored twice inside 30 minutes and there were no signs of nerves from the home side as they brushed their opponents aside.

Kovac summed up the performance, saying: "Everything was on song.

"We defended well and took our chances at the other end.

"We finally managed to maintain a high performance level throughout the full 90 minutes.

"It may sound strange, but when we play in the Champions League or in the big league games, you can see that my team is capable, but when we come up against the slightly smaller teams, we sometimes don't play to our full strengths.

"We need to play to our best for 90 minutes, as we did today."

Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria, whose side will drop into the Europa League following their final Group E match against AEK Athens, admitted his defence came up short against Bayern.

"We weren't good," he said, "We didn't implement our strategy well.

"A lot of that is due to Bayern, who were superior. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe.

"We needed to be more organised in defence and quicker in our attacks, but we didn't manage that."

Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League knockout stage and relieved the pressure on boss Nico Kovac with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Benfica at Allianz Arena.

The German champions are fifth in the Bundesliga after a mixed run of results but two goals each from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski put Bayern on their way to their biggest winning margin of the season, rendering Gedson Fernandes' strike nothing more than a consolation as the visitors tumbled out of the competition.

Franck Ribery scored the fifth but it was the nature of Bayern's performance that will have pleased Kovac more than the result, his side playing some of their most incisive attacking football of the season, albeit against a porous Benfica defence.

The victory leaves the Bavarians free to focus on reviving their domestic hopes as their final group game against fellow Group E qualifiers Ajax will have no bearing on their progression.

Robben's opener epitomised the type of goal he has been scoring in the Champions League for 16 years, scything his way through the left side of Benfica's defence before waltzing into the box and guiding the ball into the top corner.

On the stroke of 30 minutes Robben burst through on goal again, latching onto Thomas Muller's pass and cutting onto his favoured left foot before arrowing a shot through three back-pedalling defenders and into Odisseas Vlachodimos' net.

Muller headed over the bar before Lewandowski rose to meet Joshua Kimmich's ensuing corner and headed the ball down into the bottom left corner to put the game beyond Benfica's reach before half-time.

Within seconds of the restart, Fernandes played a slick one-two with Jonas and slammed an instinctive finish beyond Manuel Neuer to give Benfica hope of a comeback that dimmed five minutes later when Lewandowski once again out-jumped his marker at a corner and headed down into the net.

Ribery was on hand to slot home the fifth when David Alaba cut the ball back to him from the byline, the Frenchman drilling the ball low into the corner before being substituted to rapturous applause.

What does it mean? Kovac can breathe easier

Kovac was feeling the heat after seeing his side slip to a 3-3 draw against Fortuna Dusseldorf that left them nine points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, but the performance of his top players against Benfica suggested he has not lost the dressing room by any means.

Robben rolls back the years

While Ribery, Muller and Lewandowski were all superb, the first half of this game belonged to 34-year-old Robben.

Young defenders come unstuck

German Conti and Ruben Dias were found out time and time again as Bayern's ageing forwards tormented Benfica's central defensive pairing, whose relative inexperience at this level showed.

What's next?

Bayern face Werder Bremen away from home in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Benfica will lick their wounds before preparing for a home game against Feirense.

Bayern Munich will hope to bounce back from a frustrating weekend in the Bundesliga as Robert Lewandowski targets a Champions League milestone against Benfica.

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac agrees with club president Uli Hoeness' "slapstick comedy" appraisal of their recent defending.

After Saturday's shock 3-3 draw at home to struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hoeness was less than complimentary about Bayern's defending.

He suggested Bayern were comedic at the back and that he felt like he was living in a "surreal" and "bad film".

The result left them fifth in the table and trailing pacesetters Borussia Dortmund by nine points, but Hoeness insisted Kovac was not in immediate threat of the sack.

Kovac and Bayern turn their attentions to Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, and the coach accepts their defending of late has left plenty to be desired.

"It's the truth," Kovac acknowledged in his pre-match news conference on Monday. "We concede goals that are not allowed to happen.

"I'm sorry for Manuel [Neuer] most of the time. Attacking is the tough part in football; defending is relatively easy.

"Of course, you [can] misjudge situations, but so many mistakes must not happen. I agree with Uli Hoeness' opinion."

Kovac, who is coming under increasing pressure at Bayern, is not about to give up on their season.

"Those who know me know I'm always a fighter," he said. "My whole life I have had to fight. The words 'give up', 'raise the white flag' do not exist in my vocabulary.

"Criticism is always there if you don't meet the demands that this club naturally has. We only need one point [to reach the last 16], but we want to win."

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness insists under-fire Niko Kovac will be in charge for the club's Champions League clash with Benfica on Tuesday.

Kovac's future is under intense scrutiny after Bayern followed up the defeat to Borussia Dortmund before the international break with a dramatic 3-3 draw against Fortuna Dusseldorf at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Bayern led 3-1 with 13 minutes remaining, but porous defending twice allowed Dodi Lukebakio to break free and slot past Manuel Neuer – the leveller coming in the third minute of stoppage time and completing a superb hat-trick for the Watford loanee.

The draw, coupled with Dortmund's 2-1 win over Mainz, means that Bayern are now nine points behind the league leaders. 

However, Hoeness is adamant that Kovac will be in the dugout for Bayern's Champions League Group E clash in midweek.

They need just a point to qualify for the knockout stages, and Hoeness told reporters: "On Tuesday, our coach will be Niko Kovac for sure."

Thomas Muller, who added two fine goals to Niklas Sule's opener, says that fans were entitled to vent their frustrations at the end and accused his team-mates of being "reckless".

"We were whistled at the end and that is understandable," he said.

"I am still perplexed that we have conceded a goal right at the end. Maybe we are missing our 100 per cent sharpness. We are too reckless.

"We wanted to win, get three points and take a step forward."

Andre Onana has acknowledged he made a "really big mistake" in Ajax's 1-1 draw with Benfica in Group E of the Champions League.

Andre Onana atoned for an earlier mistake by making two superb late saves to help Ajax edge closer to the Champions League last 16 with a 1-1 draw at Benfica.

Cristiano Ronaldo rarely goes five games without scoring but he heads into Juventus' clash with Manchester United seeking his first Champions League goal in six outings.

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