Bayern Munich may be faltering in the Bundesliga or running some sort of charity of giving points away domestically but this won’t be the case in the UEFA Champions League.
The Bavarian giants made a statement on Tuesday night with the 4:1 thrashing of Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie between the two sides.
It can be recalled that Bayern Munich have not won in their last two Bundesliga games and folks thought the Italians could give them a run for their money as they supposedly appeared out of sorts in recent games.
However, Hansi Flick’s men traveled to Italy with ruthlessness and desire to punish every error from their opponents and they started from the first 10 minutes as a Mateo Musacchio back pass gifted Robert Lewandowski the chance to open the scoring and he received the gift and converted in style.
Hansi Flick had insisted that there was no room for excuses before the game and his side went to work from the blast of the whistle. I expected them to face a challenge from Lazio but it was the Italians that appeared out of sorts.
Simone Inzaghi’s men put up a shaky and novice performance on the night. Considering that it was their second time to progress to this stage of the competition, I expected more. However, they were misplacing passes and giving away the ball to the advantage of Bayern who capitalized on them.
The culprit for Bayern’s first goal, Musacchio, was substituted in the 31st minute as they went three goals down in the first half, and conceded a fourth at the start of the second half through a Francesco Acerbi own goal which compounded the woes of the home side.
It could have been more but they have veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina to thank. If there is any list that contains games that should be conceded after the first leg, then this one is high up the list as they have no business going to the Allianz Arena.
Hansi Flick’s men are seemingly up for the challenge of defending their UEFA Champions League title this season, and I daresay that they are already in the quarter-finals of the 2020/21 UCL and will be looking out for their next opponents.