FC Bayern does not want to take the national weak phase into the Champions League. In the round of 16 duel with Lazio Rome, the defending champion will start as a favorite on Tuesday evening (9 p.m. / live Sky).
The draw against Bielefeld, followed by the defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, should not have left any traces at the start of the knockout phase. David Alaba and Co. have been unbeaten in the Champions League for 17 games.
Bayern’s Leon Goretza tried a footballer wisdom before leaving for Rome. “We will make sure that we give the answers in the upcoming games on the field,” said the German international, whose 45-minute comeback after a corona illness was recently a ray of hope. Thomas Müller and Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso will not be injured.
Hansi Flick exuded confidence. “I want my team to be there from the start. I have absolute basic trust that the team will show that. We have the quality,” said Bayern head coach. He also builds on the expertise of his assistant Miroslav Klose.
The former goalscorer played for Lazio from 2011 to 2016. “He has a good eye for his opponents,” said Flick of the 42-year-old Klose.
The y lost four of the seven comparisons so far. In the last two knockout duels, however, the Munich team prevailed against Juventus Turin.
The Romans then won seven in eight games. Only Inter managed to beat Simone Inzaghi’s fifth-placed team. “We wanted this round of 16 with all our might. And now we will try to show our best side,” said Inzaghi after the 1-0 win against Sampdoria Genoa. Lazio has also won all seven competitive games at the Stadio Olimpico since mid-December.
The 31-year-old has 14 goals this season in the league. In the Champions League, Immobile has scored five goals in four appearances in the group stage. Lewandowski only stops at three goals.
The precision is missing.” His compatriot, striker Timo Werner, saw Chelsea “on a par” with Atletico. “Both teams conceded few goals and can play very good football. Maybe it’s a small advantage that we don’t have to compete in Madrid, but in Bucharest,” he said in an interview with Kicker.
League leaders Atletico blundered in La Liga at the weekend with a 2-0 home draw against Levante. Real Madrid came within three points of coach Diego Simeone’s side in one game. Atletico survived the group stage only thanks to two hard-fought victories against Salzburg. “We struggled a little. But that is a thing of the past,” said midfielder Koke, who comes to Bucharest with “good memories”: In 2012, he won the Europa League with Atletico in the Romanian capital in the Spanish final against Athletic Bilbao.