FC Bayern Munich does not want to take the national weak phase into the Champions League. In the last 16 duel with Lazio Rome, the defending champion will start as a favorite on Tuesday (from 9:00 p.m. in the LAOLA1 LIVE ticker).
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.
Flick with “absolute basic trust” in his team
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’s 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.
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 Turin.
Romans in top form
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 Genoa. 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.
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