Champions League: “Bulls” pull Bavaria in the second attempt

Just like Liverpool, the Bayern Munich lottery means a reunion with a good friend in the premier class for Salzburg. Last year Austria’s series champions and the German record champions faced each other in the group stage. There was nothing to get for the “cops”. In the home game, Salzburg received a 2: 6 rejection, in Munich Bayern prevailed 3: 1. This time too, Salzburg has home rights first. The first legs go on 15./16. or 22./23. February over the stage, the second legs are for 8./9. or 15./16. March scheduled.

The Salzburgers were combative. “We will certainly not freeze in awe. They are the big favorites, but if they want to win the Champions League they have to beat us first, ”said sporting director Christoph Freund. “There is almost nothing bigger for Red Bull Salzburg. Bayern are favorites to win the Champions League and maybe the best team ever. It’s going to be a huge game for our boys. It will be real football spectacle. “

“Cops” pull Bavaria in the second attempt

On Monday, FC Salzburg pulled the German record champions Bayern Munich in the second attempt at the headquarters of the European Football Association (UEFA) in Nyon.

For Salzburg coach Matthias Jaissle, Bavaria is “one of the best teams in the world” as one of the big favorites for the title. “It will be a nice and exciting challenge for our young team. We know how difficult these two games will be. But we still want to try to play bravely against Bayern and bring our kind of football to the field, ”said the 33-year-old.

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Salzburg coach Jaissle is looking forward to a challenge for his young team

Munich residents show respect

The Munich team, who had drawn Atletico Madrid in the first attempt, reacted to the supposedly easiest opponent in the round of 16 with respect. “That wasn’t an everyday draw – and we’re now looking forward to our duels with Salzburg. Salzburg showed what they can do in the preliminary round and rightly qualified for the first time in the Champions League round of 16. There is great euphoria there. It’s a young, highly talented team. Of course we are favorites in these two games. We’re looking forward to these duels, ”said CEO Oliver Kahn.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann sees difficult games ahead of him. “Salzburg is a positive, disgusting opponent who plays classic RB soccer with a lot of high pressing situations. It’s an extremely young team that is greedy, ”said Nagelsmann. “It’s uncomfortable to play against them. They are playing a good round internationally. In Matthias Jaissle they have a very good coach. He always employs the team well. Salzburg are top opponents who will demand everything from us with their many young talents .

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann

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Bayern coach Nagelsmann is preparing for tough games against Salzburg

Even the experienced striker Thomas Müller did not want to take the upcoming opponent lightly: “Salzburg plays football intensely, and accordingly we can prepare for hot games, even if it gets a little cooler due to the season. Of course, we definitely want to get to the next round. I’m curious.”

Clear distribution of roles

Whereby the addition “as high as a house” seems appropriate for Bayern’s favorite role. The six-time CL or Master Cup winner for goal machine Robert Lewandowski is again one of the favorites for the premier class this year, in the German Bundesliga, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s troops are apparently undeterred for the 32nd title or the tenth in a row. At least this total dominance at national level unites the two opponents: Salzburg is heading for the ninth championship en suite.

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Munich’s record since the introduction of the CL in 1992 – excluding the current season – speaks volumes: In 24 participations, they triumphed three times (most recently in 2020) and made it to the finals three more times. Bayern made it to the semi-finals six more times, only once in the group stage (2003). With ÖFB team player Marcel Sabitzer and defender Dayot Upamecano there are currently two former Salzburg players in the Munich squad.

Bad luck and mishaps on the first try

The breakdown draw including repetition also brought David Alaba a duel with Lionel Messi. Because in the second attempt, Andrei Arshavin pulled the hit Real Madrid with the ÖFB star and the French star ensemble around Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The only pairing was defending champion Chelsea against French champions OSC Lille, who finished Group G as the winner before Salzburg, in the repeat at 3 p.m.

On the first attempt, those responsible had several breakdowns. “Glücksengerl” Arshavin had drawn Manchester United to Villarreal. According to the regulations, this was not allowed at all, as the two clubs met in the group stage. The former Russian international had to draw again and then lost Villarreal to United’s city rivals Manchester City.

But that’s not all: When Atletico Madrid were drawn as the next runners-up in the group, Manchester United were now falsely excluded as possible opponents. Instead, the alleged Salzburg opponent FC Liverpool was in the pot, but they already played against Atletico in the group stage. Ultimately, the Spaniards received FC Bayern as an opponent. ManUnited was then drawn as opponents of the French top club Paris Saint-Germain. Marginal detail: Ironically, the original Bayern opponent Atletico had objected to the draw and thus brought Salzburg the German record champions.

Ticket sales pending

The pandemic situation will also be followed with interest in Salzburg. A full house and thus 30,000 spectators – if permitted by the authorities – would be guaranteed. However, managing director Stephan Reiter wanted to observe the situation until the end of January before tickets go on sale. “We don’t want to have to reverse the sales. We will of course do our best to get as many fans into the stadium as possible, ”said Reiter. “It is clear that it will be sold out within a few hours.”

Champions League draw

Round of 16:
FC Salzburg FC Bayern Munich (GER)
Sporting Lisbon (POR) Manchester City (ENG)
Benfica Lissabon (POR) Ajax Amsterdam (NED)
FC Chelsea (ENG) OSC Lille (FRA)
Atletico Madrid (ESP) Manchester United (ENG)
FC Villarreal (ESP) Juventus Turin (ITA)
Inter Mailand (ITA) FC Liverpool (ENG)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Real Madrid (ESP)

First leg: February 15-23
Second legs: March 8-16

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Champions League: “Bulls” pull Bavaria in the second attempt