Bayern reeling on a perilous journey against Lazio
After a wonderful hexagon and crowning the World Championship for the second time in its history, Bayern Munich, today, Tuesday, comes to Lazio in the Olympic Stadium in Rome as part of the first leg of the Champions League final, swinging as a result of the weakness he showed in the past few days in the domestic league.
Coach Hanzi Flick’s team enters Tuesday’s match against Lazio, who is reaching a knockout stage in the continental competition for the first time since its first participation in the 1999-2000 season, when it reached the quarter-finals and was knocked out by Valencia, against the backdrop of two very disappointing results in the domestic league.
And after trailing at home in front of modest Armenia Beleved 0-2, then 1-3 before saving a point in a 3-3 draw, the Bavarian giants fell on Saturday in front of Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 in a match during which they also lost 2-0.
Flick’s sluggish defense is of great concern, as he has conceded the net of the Bavarian club on 31 occasions in 22 league matches, his worst defensive record in 29 years.
The Bavarian club seemed completely exhausted after returning from its trip to Qatar, where it won the World Cup for the second time in its history after the first in 2013 by beating Tigres of Mexico (1 – zero), to add it to the titles of the League, Cup and Super Cup locally, the Champions League and the Super Cup continental.
Bayern has been affected since the Qatari trip by the absence of its veteran star Thomas Muller and French defender Benjamin Pavar because they were infected with the Corona virus, and he also missed the efforts of the French midfielder, Corinth Tolisso, for months after undergoing surgery in his thigh, at a time when Serge Gnabry raced against time to be ready Tuesday after suffering a thigh injury Also.
In the absence of Muller, his Cameroonian substitute Eric Maxime Chubu-Moting was unable to fill the gap and support the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Flick tried to justify Bayern’s last two disappointing results by saying, “We must not forget that we have had difficult days,” referring to the busy schedule and the Bavarian club’s having to play 12 matches so far since the start of the new year.
With the domestic cup out of the table, Bayern must now regain their composure and cohesion from Tuesday’s match against Lazio if they are to retain their continental title.
“We have to play with more focus, to be more committed,” Rummenigge stressed.
Bayern definitely needs to give his best in order to avoid falling in his first-ever confrontation with Lazio, starting with Leroy Sané, who has so far been unable to help the team in defense in time of need and was content with playing his regular role in the incursion on the wing.
The Bavarian club must avoid what happened to its rivals Borussia Dortmund, when the latter visited Lazio in the Olympic Stadium last October, where it lost 1-3 in the first round of the group stage, before drawing 1-1 at home in “Signal Iduna Park” 1-1.