Bayern’s hopes rest on Robert Lewandowski. © APA / afp / CHRISTOF STACHE
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 the favorite on Tuesday evening (9 p.m.).
February 23, 2021
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.
Bayern go into the round of 16 with a negative Champions League record in knockout games against teams from Italy. They lost four of the seven comparisons so far. In the last two knockout duels, however, the Munich team prevailed against Juventus
Lazio is in great shape
Lazio were ninth in Serie A at the beginning of January. 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. Lazio has also won all seven competitive games at the Stadio Olimpico since mid-December.
If Bayern have Robert Lewandowski, Lazios star attacker is Ciro Immobile. 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.
Chelsea meet Atletico
Due to the Corona situation, Bucharest is the scene of the second Tuesday duel between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea. The English have not lost since coach Thomas Tuchel signed on with the “Blues”. Atletico’s course on the way to the championship title in Spain has recently faltered. Against Chelsea, coach Diego Simeone has to do without regular players Jose Maria Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Sime Vrsaljko due to injury.
Champions League, first leg round of 16 on Tuesday
Lazio – Bayern Munich (9 p.m.)
Atletico Madrid – Chelsea (21 Uhr)
Author: apa / det