Nyon (dpa) – Defending champion Bayern Munich booked Miroslav Klose’s opponent at Lazio Rome, RB Leipzig will be electrified by the upcoming game with Liverpool FC and coach Jürgen Klopp.
The draw for the round of 16 of the Champions League caused the expected different emotions among the German clubs. Especially as Borussia Dortmund caught an unpleasant opponent in Sevilla FC and Borussia Mönchengladbach was drawn an immense hurdle with Manchester City.
“That’s a total of chunks the German teams have received,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. Although the record champions are high favorites against Lazio, the 43-year-old spoke strongly to the current ninth in Serie A: “They are an unpleasant opponent, you saw that in the group against Dortmund. It’s always uncomfortable against Italian teams.” Munich has to go to Rome on February 23, the return game starts on March 17.
The professionals led by goalscorer Robert Lewandowski were on the training ground on Säbener Strasse when the Romans and top striker Ciro Immobile were removed from the lottery pot at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. A special task for Bayern assistant coach and ex-Roman Klose. “Many people have already reported from Rome. I am very happy, of course it was my opponent. I have a lot in common with this club and this city,” said the 42-year-old. It will not be an easy task.
Leipzig would be much more difficult than Bayern on February 16 and March 10. “Liverpool have a lot of experience in this league. We will do everything we can to make it to the quarter-finals,” said sporting director Markus Krösche and was confident: “We showed last season that we can beat big opponents. After the draw of the group stage. We didn’t have many on our list, but we did it impressively. “
For the draw, coach Julian Nagelsmann wanted Real Madrid or Juventus Turin because “I like the anthems”. The duel with Klopp and Liverpool’s hit “You never walk alone” should also excite the 33-year-old. Especially since there is still an outstanding account. In the 2017-18 Champions League play-offs, Klopp met Liverpool with Hoffenheim, trained by Nagelsmann. Klopp won both matches and reached the final with Liverpool. There they lost to Real Madrid. At that point, Nagelsmann had to recognize Klopp’s tactical superiority.
Klopp’s longtime love Dortmund also faces tough matches on February 17th in Seville and at home on March 9th. “It is an ambitious, interesting task. We meet a good opponent, but feel that we are on an equal footing,” said Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke. A specialist in the Europa League, Sevilla has won the competition or its predecessor UEFA Cup six times between 2006 and 2020.
It will be the first international final exam for the new head coach Edin Terzic. “Of course a very, very good opponent. It is not for nothing that Sevilla has won the Europa League more often,” said the 38-year-old, warning that other tasks are currently important at BVB due to the recent downward trend: “But there will be then many more to come. more problems to deal with. “
Also in Gladbach, the next duels with Manchester City on February 24 (home) and March 16 (away) were a minor affair after the last time in 2015 and 2016. Speculation previously caused unrest, coach Marco Rose was able to move to Dortmund for the coming season. “It is now a reflex when something happens at the big clubs”, sports director Max Eberl said. “We want to go into the future with Marco Rose. That is our goal.”
And the future in Europe is first and foremost coach Pep Guardiola’s star ensemble. “From a sports point of view, it didn’t matter who we fired it up. Manchester City is a super exciting fate, we’ve already had it twice in the group stage,” said Eberl. In the last game so far, Gladbach played a 1-1 after three losses.
As in 2014, all four German starters are in the eighth finals of Europe’s best football class. The other links are FC Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid against FC Chelsea, FC Porto against Juventus Turin and Atalanta Bergamo against Real Madrid.
The tasks for the German representatives in the intermediate round of the Europa League are solvable. Bayer Leverkusen will face Swiss champions Young Boys Bern on February 18 and 25. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim takes on the Norwegians of Molde FK. Both Bundesliga clubs had come through as group winners, the Leverkusen team even as the team with the most goals in the preliminary round. The Hoffenheim team is in the knockout round for the first time.