FC Bayern are eagerly awaiting the duel against Lionel Messi. Robert Lewandowski is back in great shape after a short break and, as expected, Chelsea are not an obstacle for Munich in the second leg. Trainer Flick gives the team a few hours of relaxation.
Munich – Thomas Müller fueled the anticipation of Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona after FC Bayern’s successful restart in the Champions League. “We are of course looking forward to the game,” said the vice-captain after the quarter-finals with the convincing 4-1 (2-1) against Chelsea. “Now the motto is: full speed!” The ticket for the final tournament from August 12 to 23 in Lisbon was only a question of form after the first leg 3-0, after the championship and the cup, the hat-trick of the Munich team around the exceptional Robert Lewandowski is only three wins away.
Immediately after the final whistle, the program to regenerate the ensemble around Lewandowski, who was involved in Bayern’s four goals, began in the empty Allianz Arena. Satisfied coach Hansi Flick wanted to give his stars time for a family breakfast on Sunday before heading to Portugal for the entourage of the German record champions in the afternoon. “We wanted to win and pick up where we left off. The team did really well,” said Flick.
In Lagos, around 300 kilometers from Lisbon, his team are preparing for Messi & Co. The quarter-final clash will take place next Friday at Estádio da Luz in Benfica Lisbon.
“We are currently going from record to record,” said Müller. “But in a game of this level, even though Barca have had problems lately, anything can happen. You can also dump the series if you can’t get where you want to.” Also thanks to a stroke of genius from their strong superstar Messi, Barcelona beat SSC Napoli 3-1 in the parallel match on Saturday night. It was enough after the 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Almost six months after the 3-0 first leg, the two-time German winner accepted his second restart of the Corona season with goals from Lewandowski (10th minute / penalty / 84th) as well as Ivan Perisic (24th) and Corentin Tolisso (76.), each prepared by Lewandowski, prepared for the grand duel of Barcelona.
“We knew we had to find our rhythm and we did it very well,” Lewandowski said after his 12 and 13 goals. “Barcelona are always dangerous. We have to show our quality.”
Lewandowski v Messi or Marc-André ter Stegen v Manuel Neuer – special duels of exceptional talent are scheduled. “We want to continue to prepare well in Portugal to be ready next week,” said defensive boss David Alaba. “The anticipation is great. We are doing very well and we are going to Portugal with a lot of confidence. We do not need to hide.”
Besides the Catalans and Bayern, RB Leipzig, Atlético Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyon, Manchester City and Atalanta Bergamo will fight for the title in the premier category until 23 August. “In any case, FC Bayern are one of the favorites,” said Chelsea coach Frank Lampard.