Date: 24th February 2021
Time: 1:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Stadio Olympica, Rome
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Bayern Munich and Lazio face off against each other in this highly anticipated round of 16 clash. Lazio would be the home side in this first leg and would look to exert maximum benefits before they go to the Alliaz Arena.
Thomas Strakosha, Silvio Proto, Luiz Felipe and Stefan Radu will be missing out on this game due to injuries. Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Muller have tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 virus and thus would be missing out. Alexander Nubel and Corentin Tolisso to miss out due to injuries along with Tanguy Nianzou and Serge Gnabry.
Lazio fought it out with agonizing breath in their Group F fixtures as they managed to qualify to the round of 16. A 2-2 draw against Club Brugge ensured they qualify. This is indeed a special moment for them as they have reached the knockout stages of Champions League after 21 years. Simon-e Inzaghi’s side also features in the top-four of the Italian league, Serie A.
After a 3-3 draw with Arminia Bielefeld and a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, the Bavarians are in a situation to bother. Their momentum has been crushed and they need a fighting spirit and mentality. The defending champions, managed by Hansi Flick would look to turn the scale around, beginning with this game.
Probable Playing 11
Pepe Reina; Patric, Francesco Acerbi, Mateo Musacchio; Manuel Lazzari, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto, Adam Marusic; Joaquin Correa, Ciro Immobile
Manuel Neuer; Bouna Sarr, Niklas Sule, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich; Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski
Goalkeepers : Neuer, Reina
Defenders : Alaba, Davies, Acerbi, Musacchio, Sule
Midfielders : Coman, Alberto, Sergej, Kimmich
Strikers: Lewandoswski, Immobile, Correa
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