Bayern Munich must bounce back from a damaging defeat to Bayer Leverkusen when they face Lazio in the Champions League this week.
The German giants travel to Italy for their last-16 first leg after suffering a major blow to their chances of winning the Bundesliga this season.
Harry Kane and his colleagues now risk missing out on silverware and going all the way to Europe could well be their best chance of winning a trophy.
After easily winning Group A, they now face Lazio who qualified for the round of 16 by finishing second in Group E.
Lazio vs Bayern Munich: Kane’s curse?
Kane must think he’s cursed because his hopes of finally winning a title have taken a big hit.
The former Tottenham striker’s performance against Leverkusen last time out was branded a ‘disaster’ as he managed just 18 touches throughout the match.
Bayern have won 11 Bundesliga titles in a row, but their streak could well end this season, just as Kane joined them.
That leaves the Champions League as another means of securing silverware and the Germans have had an excellent campaign so far.
They are unbeaten in the competition and no player has been involved in more goals than Kane.
He has four goals and three assists in six games and will aim to rediscover his goalscoring form when he returns to European action.
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- Bayern Munich have won their last five UEFA Champions League matches against Italian sides and are unbeaten in 12 of those matches since a 3-2 home defeat to Internazionale in March 2011.
- The only previous meetings between Lazio and Bayern Munich came in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League round of 16, with the German side winning both matches (4-1 away, 2-1 home).
Lazio vs Bayern Munich: team news
Mattia Zaccagni is an injury doubt for Lazio after missing his game at the weekend while centre-back Patric also carries a knock.
Nicolo Rovella is available with his suspension valid only in Serie A.
As for Bayern, Kane will lead the line in a reduced squad.
Alphonso Davies, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are all injured while Bryan Zaragoza is suffering through illness and could also miss.
- Lazio are making only their third appearance in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, having been eliminated in their previous two such matches in the competition (1999-00 quarter-final against Valencia, 2020 round of 16). 21 against Bayern Munich).
- After being eliminated in four of their first five UEFA Champions League knockout matches against Italian sides (including the 2010 final against Inter), FC Bayern München have now qualified for each of their last three.
Lazio vs Bayern Munich: What was said?
Kane is trying to stay positive ahead of European action following a damaging defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Speaking after the match, he said: “We didn’t play well with the ball.
“I was thinking about the pressure, especially in the first half and even in the second half we pressed them well, but every time we got it back we gave it right back to them.
“We are five points behind now but there are still many games to play.
“This one hurts, we wanted a different result, but we have to focus on the Champions League first and obviously the next game.
“There are a lot of games to play and we have to try to gain as many points as possible, as quickly as possible.
“For us, we have to focus on ourselves, we have to improve, we have to improve. We know that.
“The games are coming at high speed, so we need to turn things around quickly.”
- Joshua Kimmich made 22 assists in the final third against Kingsley Coman in the UEFA Champions League this season – the most by any player to a specific teammate.
- Among the 10 players to have scored more than 5 goals for Lazio in the UEFA Champions League, Ciro Immobile has the best minutes per goal ratio (99). The Italian has scored eight goals in 11 appearances in the competition for the club, with only Simone Inzaghi scoring more in total (15 goals in 31 appearances).
Lazio vs Bayern Munich: how to follow
This Champions League round of 16 clash will take place on Wednesday February 14.
Kick-off at the Stadio Olimpico is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The match will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 1 in the UK.
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