Lima said: "We believe we're a better side than Celtic and it would be better for the Champions League if Benfica were to progress.
"We believe we have better quality throughout our team and if we play well then we will win."
But Lennon hit back: "People call us negative but with 15 minutes to go against Barcelona a defender came off and we put a centre-forward on. If you tell a big enough mistruth, people will believe it.
"Sometimes you can be made to look ordinary when you are being pinned back. But that's fine.
"We will take the same sort of philosophy into this game and we will try to go out and win it."