Five reasons Bayern Munich will beat Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Sevilla knocked out Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the last round, but Bayern Munich have the wits, players and pedigree to avoid the same fate and advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
bundesliga.com presents five reasons why the record Bundesliga champions will get the job done when they take on La Liga’s sixth-placed side in the quarter-finals of European football’s premier club competition…
1) One down, two to go
With the Bundesliga title all but wrapped up, Bayern can channel all their efforts into adding European and DFB Cup silverware to their collection. But wait, won’t that have the opposite effect in terms of maintaining match sharpness? Not a chance. To a man, Jupp Heynckes’ troupe are hell-bent on going all the way, after following up their 2013 Champions League win with three successive semi-final defeats and last season’s quarter-final exit at the hands of holders Real Madrid. Beware of wounded German giants…
2) Heynckes: a Champions League master
Back to Heynckes… the 72-year-old set a competition record after overseeing his 11th Champions League win on the spin against Besiktas. That run includes a sizable career hiatus between May 2013-October 2017, but you get the picture. Oh, and get this: Don Jupp has reached the final in all three of his previous seasons as a coach in the Champions League, lifting the trophy with Real in 1998 and with Bayern, a year after finishing 2012 runners-up to English Premier League outfit Chelsea.
3) James’ favourite opposition
Bayern are yet to meet Sevilla competitively, but James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben, Thiago, Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat have. James, for one, has scored more career goals against the 2018 Spanish Cup finalists than any other club (four in nine appearances), winning eight and losing one. In fact – barring Martinez – every single one of Bayern’s ex-La Liga contingent boasts a positive record in games against Los Rojiblancos.
Watch: How James runs the Bayern show
4) The Lewandowski factor
Sevilla are used to taking a rollicking from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo domestically, but up against Robert Lewandowski they’ll be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Bayern’s prolific No.9 has 35 goals in 38 competitive appearances so far this season, and is firmly on course for his third Bundesliga top scorer’s prize. Lewandowski, who lost out to Bayern with Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final, has also netted five times in seven Champions League appearances so far this term.
Watch: Lewandowski’s first 100 Bundesliga goals for Bayern
5) Tournament pedigree
Since the foundation of the Champions League in 1994, Bayern have only failed to qualify for the tournament on three occasions. They’ve only gone out at the group stage once, but have reached at least the quarter-finals 17 times, winning the tournament under its current guise twice. Sevilla, who won three Europa League titles in a row between 2014-2016, are appearing in the last eight for the first time, at the fifth attempt. “That’s heritage,” as Mourinho might say.
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