Bayern will be looking to finish off the job when they visit Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie
Despite no team having ever overturned a 5-0 deficit in the knockout stages of the Champions League before, Bayern Munich will not be taking anything for granted when they face Besiktas in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga champions head to Besiktas Park in imperious form in the Champions League having won their last five matches in a row in Europe’s premier club competition, including their 5-0 rout of Senol Gunes’ side in the first encounter.
However, despite that healthy advantage, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes has warned his team against complacency in the Turkish capital.
“The demands are always so high in the Champions League,” said Heynckes, who is looking to become the first coach to win 11 straight games in the competition with victory on Wednesday.
“Despite our commanding position in the Bundesliga, we are working with great intensity because we can still perfect our defending, pressing, passing and attacking.
“We have several experienced players in our squad. Despite the 5-0 win in the first leg, we must start with intensity and my players are aware of this.”
Bayern forward Thomas Muller (centre) celebrates after scoring in his side’s 5-0 first-leg win over Besiktas
Meanwhile, Gunes just wants his players to put in a performance in front of their own fans.
“We wanted to qualify, or at least experience an exciting tie but the big difference [in the first tie] did not suit us well,” he said. “We will still try to get a result, playing our best game.
“We know Bayern have come here with the strongest line-up possible, and we will try to play with our best side. We are bidding farewell for this year, but we want to leave a good impression as we go with the aim of getting here again next year.
“In front of a capacity crowd, we want to play good football against Bayern Munich tomorrow.”
Besiktas will be without injured duo Dusko Tosic and Pepe, while suspended Croatia international defender Domagoj Vida also misses out.
Meanwhile, Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer are sidelined for the visitors due to injury, and Corentin Tolisso and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez are also doubts for the trip to Istanbul.
- Bayern won the first leg 5-0 – the German side are responsible for three of the six biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17 and 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15).
- Besiktas have now lost all three of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 0-9.
- Bayern have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons.
- Bayern have won their last five Champions League games, the longest current run in the competition.
- However, the German side have won just one of their last 10 away knockout games in the competition (5-1 vs Arsenal last season), drawing four and losing five.
I actually watched a lot of this first leg and Besiktas didn’t do badly to start with but then the game exploded on them.
Bayern are the masters of seeing these ties through. They’ll sit in and pick Besiktas off at will, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller sensing the right moments to strike.
Charlie predicts: 1-2 and Muller to score first (25/1 with Sky Bet)