German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are currently gearing up their preparations heading into their next match in Europe as they take on Italian Serie A outfit Lazio in the UEFA Champions League second leg fixture. With an emphatic 4-1 first-leg victory, Bayern have already all but secured their passage to the next round of the competition and have just little to do in the second leg to confirm their spot among the last 8 teams of the competition.
On Tuesday will see two top European teams in Bayern Munich and Lazio go head to head in the first leg of their last-16 knockout fixture in the UEFA Champions League. Italian Serie A side Lazio finished second in their Champions League group stage, behind German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in Group F. Their second-place finish ensured that Lazio sealed qualification to the knockout stages of the European competition for the first time since the year 2000.
“Bayern Munich on the other hand comfortable topped their group (A) after yet another remarkable Champions League group stage campaign. Lazio started their season on a rather slow note but have moved into the top four after their 1-0 win over Sampdoria on Saturday. The league clash was one they won deservedly after taking total control of the game, only they could not find enough space to score more than the one goal they scored.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has continued to score goals on a regular basis just like he did last season. As a matter of fact, the Polish international is scoring more goals this season in comparison to last season when his goals fired Bayern Munich to an impressive treble. The Bavarian giants won the DfBPokal, the Champions League and the German Bundesliga title as they were able to recover from the bad start that led to the dismissal of Croatian tactician Niko Kovac. His replacement Hansi Flick has impressed in his role as the Bayern Munich manager after leading them to the treble in the last campaign.
The Champions League win from last season ensured that Bayern Munich will participate at the ongoing FIFA Club World Cup tournament in Qatar and Robert Lewandowski was the main man again as Bayern saw off Al Ahly FC of Egypt in the semi-finals. Al Ahly are the CAF Champions League holders but they were no match for Robert Lewandowski and his Bayern Munich team. Robert Lewandowski scored the opening goal on 17 minutes before he made sure of the final spot for his team with a second goal four minutes before the end of the game.
Bayern Munich are unstoppable at the moment in the German Bundesliga and another league title is on the horizon for the European champions. Bayern Munich have won the last eight league titles in the Bundesliga and a ninth successive league title is not far off after the Bavarian giantsextended their lead at the summit with a convincing win over TSG Hoffenheim at home. Bayern Munich were able to avenge the defeat they sufferedat the hands of TSG Hoffenheim earlier in the season.
TSG Hoffenheim beat Bayern Munich 4-1 earlier in the season and thatwas the scoreline for their second meeting of the season in the German Bundesliga. Bayern Munich suffered a scare at the end of the first halfbut they were able to finish off the game convincingly with the help of two second half goals from topscorer Robert Lewandowski and ex-Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry.
Serge Gnabry is only still 25 years of age but already has a long story to tell about his footballing career, including the path he took before getting to Bayern Munich, where he currently plies his trade. From being a flop at English side West Bromwich Albion to becoming one of the best wingers in world football today, the German has had a fair share of football stories to tell of his career tale.
A 20-year-old Gnabry was sent out on loan from Arsenal to West Brom just so he could get more minutes of football action under manager Tony Pulis. But things were becoming really difficult for the player back then, and his former Welsh boss even declared publicly that he was not at the level to play for West Brom at that moment. Something that will forever keep ringing in the head of Gnabry no matter where he's at in the future.
Young English midfielder Jamal Musiala has impressed in the Bayern Munich first team this season and the reigning European champions are ready to reward him with a new deal. Several reports claimed that Bayern Munich want to offer the teenager a mouthwatering deal. The 17-year-old has broken a number of records at Bayern Munich this season as he continues to perform excellently for the German Bundesliga team. Bayern Munich are set to reward him with a lucrative deal worth £100,000 on a weekly basis to ward off the interest of some Premier League teams.
Jamal Musiala still has a youth contract which will expire at the end of next season at Bayern Munich but that won't be for long with the Bavarian giants keen to tie him down to a longer contract. Premier League teams like Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are ready to pounce on the contract situation between the player and Bayern Munich in the case of any loophole. Jamal Musiala was born in the city of Stuttgart to a German mother and a British-Nigerian father. He was at the Chelsea Academy before being poached by Bayern Munich last year. He was at Stamford Bridge for eight years before he left Chelsea to return to Germany.
German side Bayern Munich could miss out on defender Dayot Upamecano, as per reports in the Bundesliga. The Champions Leagues defending champs are hoping to land the RB Leipzig man next year. They have already severed ties with Jerome Boateng, another experienced man who would have preferred to continue with the club.
Upamecano has always been the club’s target for years now but they seem to be in a good place to land him next summer. Bayern could have landed him had they made the move when he played for Valenciennes in his U-19. They decided to see his development further. When the defender almost joined RB Salzburg, they made another move, but it yielded nothing concrete.
The former manager of RB Leipzig has insisted that the time has come for the German club's highly sought-after Defender DayotUpamecano to move to Bayern Munich. Upamecano, who has attracted interest from a host of top European heavyweight clubs in the past, including Liverpool, has now been tipped to move on.
In the summer transfer window, rumors were hotting up that the 22-year-old will be joining Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Manchester United. However, such move never came to life.
Liverpool themselves are short in defensive options after Virgil Van Dijk picked up an injury against Everton that would see him sidelined for several months. An event that may force them to go into the market for a new defender, and Upamecano may just be the man they will be hunting for
Bayern Munich’s Hansi Flick is not happy that his two best players will miss out the next match in Bundesliga. In the previous match against Bayer Leverkusen Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller was given yellow cards restricting them from playing on the next match of the season.
Even though they were behind in the game on the initial stage but they won the match for 4–2. The goals were scored by Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Lewandowski. With the goal in this match,Lewandowski has scored 44 goals for Bayern in this season across all competition. Thomas Muller with a couple of assists in the game raised the number to 20 equalling with Kevin De Bruyne's record. Both of them will be missing out the match with Borussia Monchengladbachon the next week.
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer is impressed by the performance of Alphonso Davies and praised him to be one of the stars in helping Bayern win the title this year. He has described him as a real hit who had made the club very happy with his contribution. He was transferred from Vancouver Whitecaps on 2018 to Bayern and since then he has been doing good in the German club.