Munich – FC Bayern around the exceptional Robert Lewandowski begins with an impressive series of successes in the quarter-finals show with FC Barcelona.
With the 4: 1 (2: 1) in the second leg of the round of 16 against Chelsea, the record champions celebrated their eighth victory in the eighth game of this Champions League season and will be one of the championship fighters. from August 12 to 23 in Lisbon. big favorites. However, there is a big hurdle to face. “We have the necessary respect and we will prepare well and hope to be able to show our strengths,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said on Sky television.
Almost six months after the 3-0 first leg, the two-time winner accepted his second restart of the Corona season with goals from the excellent Lewandowski (10th minute / penalty / 84th), Ivan Perisic (24th) and Corentin Tolisso (76th minute).) In the best possible way for the grand duel against Lionel Messi & Co in the Portuguese capital.
“The anticipation is of course huge, we are going to Portugal with confidence,” said David Alaba. “If you look at the last few weeks and months, we don’t have to hide.” Tammy Abraham (44th) scored for the Londoners. “The team did very well. I am very satisfied, also with the result. Today I have not much to complain about,” said Flick before leaving on Sunday for Portugal, where the team is based. in Lagos, about 300 kilometers from Lisbon. To refer to.
Eight years after the heart-wrenching home final against former league winner Chelsea, there was a clear victory this time around – even after the short preparation time of almost two weeks. There is now one week left until the quarter-finals on August 14.
The Münchner Geister-Express cannot be stopped and has achieved twelve victories in twelve matches without spectators during the coronavirus pandemic. Lewandowski is still in the mood for goal, with his 13th competitive goal now with 53 goals in 44 competitive games this season with Bayern. The Pole prepared the goals for Perisic and Tolisso. He is ready for the superstar duel against Messi.
165 days after the first leg, Bayern quickly swept aside any doubts. Bayern got off to a powerful start and picked up where they left off before the break after the Bundesliga ended. After a nice pass from Serge Gnabry, Lewandowski ran alone towards Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero. The 38-year-old knocked off the Poles, but first a possible offside position was verified by video evidence.
Eventually, however, Lewandowski was cleared to compete and scored his twelfth goal in the current competition. On the otherwise nearly empty grandstand, board member Oliver Kahn was allowed to lean back and relax – especially when Perisic rose a bit later. The Croatian replaced ailing winger Kingsley Coman and, somewhat surprisingly, had the preference over Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. It came in the 64th minute for the 2-0 scorer.
Before the kick off, Thomas Müller fought for the ball in midfield and experienced the commitment Flick demanded. After Müller’s pass, Lewandowski selflessly put the ball to Perisic, who only had to insert it up close.
The guests of coach Frank Lampard, weakened as a replacement, presented an overall disappointing performance. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had to get the ball out of the gate for the first time in the 28th minute, but before the artistic shot from Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was once courted by the Munich team, the master of Jig Tammy Abraham was just offside.
With a clear lead behind the back and the practical certainty of qualifying for the quarter-finals, the hosts continued to dominate and left little room for Chelsea, but at the top there was a lack of precision every now and then afterwards. the break from competition. The London guest also took advantage of the sometimes (too) timid appearance on the defensive shortly before the break. Neuer couldn’t hold back a Hudson-Odoi shot, Abraham pushed into the empty four-yard goal.
Neuer, on the other hand, had no trouble after the recovery when Mason Mount attempted a strike from an acute angle (49th). A little later, the injury of Jérôme Boateng, who had to be treated in the knee after a rescue act (57th), continued to play for a short period, but was then replaced (63rd), caused significantly more troubles. Niklas Süle played his first competitive game since October 19, when he tore the second cruciate ligament of his career.
Following further changes (Alvaro Odriozola for Kimmich / 70th and Tolisso for Thiago / 71st), the Bavarian pace seemed a bit lost when the French Tolisso scored 3-1. It was Bayern’s 30th goal in their opening eight Champions League games of the season. In doing so, they equalized the record set by FC Barcelona, which scored 30 times after eight games in the 2011/12 season. And Lewandowski even finally set a new record.
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