Monday 10 December 2018

Bayern look well placed to reign in Europe once again

Arturo Vidal playing for Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Arturo Vidal playing for Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Jamie Holland

There are no easy ties when you get to the last eight of the Champions League, but facing Sevilla is probably the closest thing to it for Bayern Munich.

That's not to say Sevilla are pushovers. They deserved to beat Manchester United in last round and generally love knockout matches, having only lost one two-legged European tie since 2011 - against Leicester City.

They have also won more European trophies in the last 12 years than any other team.

Facing Bayern, though, will test the pedigree of their current crop to the limit.

Barring an upset, the Bavarians will be crowned German champions again next weekend with victory over Augsburg, such is their dominance of the Bundesliga.

However, what the Bavarians' players and supporters really crave is more European glory.

Bayern are without a European title since Jupp Heynkes was last in charge but they have failed to make the last four just once in six seasons and are well positioned now to go the whole way.

Los Rojiblancos, playing in quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years, will be without Ever Banega (suspended) and Sebastien Corchia (groin injury).

Bayern, who yesterday once again stressed that star striker Robert Lewandowski is not for sale, will be without Kingsley Coman and Juan Bernat, who both have ankle injuries, as well as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is back in light training but still weeks away from returning.

The visitors come into the game having thrashed Borussia Dortmund 6-0 in Der Klassiker last Saturday, while Sevilla were denied a win over Barcelona after late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi secured a 2-2 draw for the La Liga leaders.

Sevilla will be looking to Wissam Ben Yedder to maintain his form in front of goal- with eight goals, he trails only Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League scoring charts this term.

Sevilla v Bayern Munich

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