Champions League preview: Bayern Munich vs Sevilla

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  • Post published:April 3, 2018

Bayern Munich will take on Sevilla in their Champions League quarter-final first leg this Tuesday, with both teams looking to prove a point, writes DEAN WORKMAN.

The German champions started this season’s Champions League campaign with Carlos Ancelotti at the helm, but after a damaging 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, and some lacklustre performances in the Bundesliga, the Italian was relieved of his duties. Jupp Heynckes stepped out of retirement to take charge of the German giants and led them through the group stages, finishing runners-up behind PSG.

The 2013 European champions were drawn against Turkish side Besiktas in the round-of-16. The Germans comprehensively beat their opponents over the two legs, winning 5-0 in the first leg at home and 3-1 in Turkey.

Bayern are one of the teams who are considered perpetual Champions League contenders and they will certainly be looking to go all the way this season. They will, however, come up against a team in Sevilla who have already provided one of this season’s shock results by knocking out Manchester United.

The Spanish side finished second in their group behind Liverpool, before they knocked out Manchester United in the round-of-16. Vincenzo Montella’s side were held to a 0-0 draw in Spain before beating United 2-1 at Old Trafford, courtesy of two goals by Wissam Ben Yedder.

Sevilla may not have much Champions League experience, but they do have experience of winning European knockout games. Sevillistas Los Rojiblancos have dominated Europe’s second-tier tournament, the Europa League, having won three consecutive titles from 2013 to 2016.

The first leg will take place in Sevilla, which could aid Bayern with them having the second leg at the Allianz Arena, which has become a fortress over the years.

Sevilla will host Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, with kick-off at 20:45.

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