Arjen Robben is looking forward to the duels with Liverpool in the eighth finals of the Champions League. His trainer Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich, believes his team Monday when the draw the worst possible opponent to hit.
“It will be epic duels”, predicts Robben on the website of Bayern. “Liverpool has a strong team, which has greatly developed.”
According to Robben, is the current leader of the Premier League is very complete. “They have great players, a lot of speed and creativity in attack. They also form a strong team.”
Robben knows Anfield Road, the stadium of Liverpool from his time at Chelsea. “The atmosphere will be there again phenomenal. It is just a fantastic draw.”
“It is a dream for every player to have such matches to play,” said the attacker who, at the end of the season, Bayern Munich are going to leave. A hamstring injury is Robben before the winter break, not more in action at Bayern.
Summary Liverpool-Napoli (1-0)
Kovac hopes on a magical evening for Bayern
Kovac thinks that Bayern is not hit with Liverpool as its opponent. “In my opinion, is the toughest possible draw. Liverpool was last year in the finals and this year, at the top of the Premier League.”
“It will be a lot of us require to defeat them, but we have the small advantage that we have the return at home to play and I hope that we can use.”
Bayern qualified for the knockout stages by being the first to end up in a group with Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens, while Liverpool, the second was in a group with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
Liverpool picked up all of his nine points in own home (3-2 against PSG, 4-0 against Red Star and 1-0 against Napoli) and lost everything out of home (2-1 against PSG, 1-0 against Napoli and 2-0 against Red Star).
“We know that Liverpool is at Anfield. There have in the recent past, a number of magical nights took place. I hope that this time it’s one for us,” said Kovac.
Summary Ajax-Bayern Munich (3-3)
Kovac full of praise for Klopp
Liverpool-trainer Jürgen Klopp waits in each case a special meeting. The German’s worked in the past in the Bundesliga for many years as a responsible person at 1. FSV Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
“Klopp has at Liverpool the same game was introduced as at Mainz and Dortmund. They play a very varied, quick, direct and aggressive, but they are also very strong without the ball”, is Kovac full of praise.
“Ajax does it so roughly, so we will certainly not be in for a surprise. We will be well prepared to start the match. I feel like, and look forward to it.”
The heenwedstrijd stands for Tuesday 19 February on the programme at Anfield and the return is on Wednesday 13 march at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern and Liverpool have the Champions League/Europe Cup 1 two to five times won. The Germans for the last time in the 2013 final against Dortmund) and the English for the last time in 2005 (against AC Milan).
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