Liverpool face Bayern Munich in Germany with the tie currently goalless
The Premier League is the only domestic competition ever to have four clubs represented in the last eight and with Manchester City, who completed a 10-2 aggregate trashing of Schalke, Manchester United and Tottenham already through, there is a chance for a repeat of 2007/08 and 2008/09.
It will be an all-or-nothing match tonight.
Pep Guardiola has admitted that he hopes former club Bayern Munich will beat Liverpool and join Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“I love Munich, I love Bayern. I have a lot of friends there. It’s a demanding game for both but I feel I like Bayern Munich and hopefully they can go through.
If Liverpool advance, it would mark the first time since 2009 that four English teams have reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition, with City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur already through.
The Champions League has been dominated by Spanish clubs in recent years with Real Madrid and Barcelona winning seven of the last 10 titles.
“It’s nice for English football that three teams are there in the quarter-finals and Liverpool too, maybe.” Guardiola added. “In the last decade Spanish teams controlled everything. It’s good for us. For English football it’s incredible.”
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Liverpool will contest the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich. A score draw, or better with book the Reds’ place in the quarter-finals.
Liverpool go into the match having beaten Burnley 4-2 in the Premier League to stay within one point of leaders Manchester City.
In the last three seasons that Liverpool have met clubs from Germany they have not only won the tie but gone on to reach the final of the respective European competition.
Despite Salah dreaming of raising aloft the ‘prestigious’ Champions League, he would be happy for Liverpool to win the Premier League instead.
“I will be honest with you, the most prestigious competition for me is the Champions League,” he said.
“But the dream for the entire city and the club is the league.
“So, I am happy to sacrifice my dream for their dream but if we win both that would great and this is what we are trying to do.”
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The Bavarians held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg, meaning they have it all to play for at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern trashed Wolfsburg 6-0 in the Bundesliga to put the defending champions on top of the table for the first time since September. It will be a tricky balancing act for Bayern as they will need to score at least once on Wednesday night if they are to progress to an eifht straight quarterfinal. However, Liverpool are posing a threat on the counter-attack.
With the away goals rule now favouring Liverpool, the goalless draw also brings with it considerabel risks, and coach Niko Kovac will need to get his tactics spot on.
Kovac could be tempted to push all three forward in search of an early goal, supported by Thiago Alcantara, who can lend his own offensive abilities to the attack.
“I’m in the mood to see us play even more effectively at home with the tailwind of our fans,” said Kovac. “We have shown lots of spirit and creativity in the Bundesliga going forward, so I don’t think it will end 0-0.”
Bayern are well aware of what Liverpool did to Porto, Manchester City and Roma en route to last year’s Champions League final. “We have already seen what Liverpool can do so it’s important that we also have the right players to safeguard from corners and free-kicks,” said Kovac.
It’s why they dropped so deep at Anfield, even into their own penalty area, to escape Liverpool’s aggressive press and avoid leaving spaces in behind when Liverpool did win the ball – and Kovac may be tempted to do so again on Wednesday night, at least initially, to take the sting out of the game.
- 68% of teams to have drawn 0-0 away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have ended up progressing to the next round (21 out of 31)
- Liverpool have not lost in their past seven matches played in the Round of 16 this season
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine clashes with German teams
- Bayern are undefeated in their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League)
- Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 23 goals in his past 22 Champions League games at the Allianz Arena, including nine in 10 knockout games.
- Liverpool have lost their past four away games in the Champions League (three goals for, nine against) – they have never lost five in a row in European competition.
Prediction & Odds
Bayern’s form in attack is the best of the season, so we foresee that they will keep it going enough to edge the Reds and result in a draw.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 1 – 1 Liverpool
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