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Champions League: “It’s not a complete shambles here”: Müller warns of a fateful victory

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Champions League: “It’s not a complete shambles here”: Müller warns of a fateful victory

Title dream lives on thanks to defiant reaction! FC Bayern averted premature failure in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Lazio Rome. Coach Thomas Tuchel’s recently stumbling team won 3-0 (2-0) against Lazio Rome. The Munich team lost the first leg against the Italian runners-up 0-1 three weeks ago.

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Harry Kane (38th) and Thomas Müller (45th + 2) opened the door to the quarter-finals with their goals shortly before half-time. In the second half, Kane (66th) made the final decision with his 33rd goal in his 33rd competitive game of the season.

Müller: Victory still “no salvation”

“It’s a perfect night for us, it was an important game, an important moment in our season. We played with energy, it was a top performance,” said Kane on Prime Video. “Not only the coach, but also us players have the responsibility to give our all in every competition. Of course we knew that we can and must improve. I’m very proud of the boys.”

After difficult weeks, FC Bayern once again showed its usual face, Thomas Müller in particular was very relieved. The Bayern icon made it clear that despite the lack of results, not everything was in ruins recently. “We were together all the time, we just didn’t play football that well. I’ve always said that it’s not a complete shambles here, we just have problems on the football field.

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Despite the victory and progress, the game was “no salvation”. The team still took a very important step. “We are happy, we know that we played a good game. We also know that Lazio are not in their best phase. Nevertheless, you have to turn a game like this around first.”

Neuer draws level with Casillas

With his 57th “clean slate” in the premier class, captain Manuel Neuer also equaled the record set by Spanish legend Iker Casillas; for his Bayern, the victory was literally worth its weight in gold: UEFA awarded a bonus of a further 10.6 million euros , Bavaria already has a total of over 100 million.

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In addition, the Munich team maintained their title hopes in the premier class. After the early exit from the DFB Cup and the huge gap of ten points to Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, FCB is threatened with its first titleless season since 2012.

From Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s point of view, Bayern’s season can only be saved by progressing in the Champions League. “If we were eliminated, the season would end badly, very badly,” said the long-time CEO of Gazzetta dello Sport before the game.

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Coach Tuchel, who was leaving at the end of the season and in whom sports director Max Eberl had expressed his confidence before kick-off even in the event of elimination, changed his starting eleven in two positions compared to the 2-2 draw in Freiburg. Leroy Sané returned to the first team after patellar tendon and groin problems. In defense, Matthijs de Ligt replaced the suspended Dayot Upamecano.

The coach himself tried to focus on the important game and warned: Lazio would “never fully” open the door for his team. However, the guest didn’t hide, ex-Herthan player Matteo Guendouzi (5th) fired the first shot on goal of the game.

Immobile opportunity shakes Bavaria awake

But Bayern repeatedly pushed Lazio deep into their own half and created good chances early on. Leroy Sané (6th), who came into the team for Mathys Tel after recovering from groin problems, the lively Jamal Musiala (14th) and Kane (17th) failed.

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After that, the Romans managed again and again to push the Munich team outwards, where their attacking enthusiasm often fizzled out. There was no danger in the penalty area for a long time – and that was almost punished when former Dortmund player Ciro Immobile (37th) finished completely free. The first leg goalscorer’s header flew just wide.

When Bayern finally found their way through the middle, the ball was in the goal shortly afterwards: Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel didn’t look good with Kane’s misplaced header after Müller’s lay-off and an unsuccessful shot from Raphael Guerreiro.

Musiala (40th) narrowly missed making it 2-0, which Müller then managed. After a corner and a volley from Matthijs de Ligt, who replaced Min-Jae Kim, he held his head and scored his 54th goal in his 149th Champions League game.

Müller fails at the post

In the second half, the Munich team was primarily concerned with control and shied away from taking any final risks. Because Lazio soon had to act more openly, opportunities still arose. After replacing Immobile, who injured his right knee, Kane used one of Sane’s passes to make the decision. The eye-catching Müller (71′) hit the post before he was substituted to loud applause.

Who Bayern will face in the next round will be decided in the quarter-final draw on March 15th (12 p.m.) in Nyon. A possible opponent is Tuchel’s former club Paris Saint-Germain. The first legs will take place on 9/10. April, the second legs on the 16th/17th. April.

With Sports Information Service (SID)

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