Bayern Munich were designed to face Lazio in the round of 16 of the Champions League. By eliminating the club from Serie A, Bayern avoided FC Porto, Barcelona, Sevilla and Atalanta.
Lazio are a newcomer to the Champions League round of 16, so Bayern arguably got a more favorable draw, particularly given their recent history against La Liga sides in the round of 16. All things considered, there is still no easy task in the Champions League round of 16 and some Bayern players and staff echoed that thought when reflecting on the results of the draw (FCBayern. com).
Thomas Muller has been able to watch Lazio’s group stage games against compatriot Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund, and he knows how effective they can be in attack.
“Lazio were in the Dortmund squad, so I watched the games,” Muller said. “He’s an opponent who can be uncomfortable playing offensively, especially with Immobile. We look forward to the next round. Rome is a beautiful city and we had good experiences there against AS Roma.
Of course, Muller was referring to Bayern’s 7-1 win at Rome in the 2014/2015 Champions League group stages.
Manuel Neuer has also warned of the attacking prowess of Ciro Immobile and Lazio, but still believes Bayern are the favorites to advance to the quarter-finals.
“Lazio are a solid team, but we are favorites. They have great attackers. We know how dangerous Ciro Immobile is, ”said Neuer. “Lewy is really looking forward to this duel and I will prepare well for him as a goalkeeper. ”
Neuer also went on to say: “We have fond memories of the stadium, where we won by a very big score against AS Roma. Miroslav Klose also played for Lazio. So we can look forward to the game. We want to win and move on to the next round. “
Of course, as Neuer alluded to, Miroslav Klose spent five years of his playing career at Lazio, so he knows the club very well. He said many of his Rome friends had contacted him before about the draw and it wouldn’t be an easy task for Bayern to pass.
“A lot of guys from Rome have contacted me already,” Klose said. “I’m really happy, it was of course my desired opponent. I have a lot of links with this club and this city. They are a dangerous team with a 5-3-2 system under Inzaghi, who was my coach for a short time. It will not be an easy task for us. We will analyze them well and draw our conclusions. “
Hansi Flick struck a diplomatic tone in reacting to the Lazio drawing, as expected. He will never look past any opponent or underestimate them.
“We are satisfied with the draw. It’s not easy to play against Italian teams. It is of course a special match for Miro, we are happy for him. It will be an exciting tie. We saw the group stage games and got a first impression, ”said Flick.
The other round of 16:
RB Leipzig – Liverpool
Paris-Saint Germain – Barcelona
Seville – Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach – Manchester City
FC Porto – Juventus
Atalanta – Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid – Chelsea