Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has this evening had his say on his side’s upcoming Champions League Last-16 tie with Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Bayern Munich
The draw for the first knockout round of this season’s Champions League took place this morning.
And the outcome certainly didn’t disappoint, with a number of mouthwatering clashes in store for fans around the globe.
Juventus vs Atletico Madrid, Manchester United vs PSG and Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund represent 3 of the standout ties, though many football purists will no doubt be most looking forward to what are sure to be an action-packed pair of meetings between Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
Spectacular. The round of 16 draw 😍
— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) December 17, 2018
‘Very confident we’ll go through’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed his excitement at the prospect of returning to his home country during an interview with Liverpool’s official website this afternoon, with Bayern counterpart Niko Kovac having since provided his take on what he feels will be a pair of ‘great games’:
‘We can all look forward to such a great game. It’s the toughest draw we could’ve been given. Liverpool got to the final last year, they’re top of the Premier League and one of the favourites for the Champions League,’ the under-pressure Croatian told Bayern.com.
Kovac was also keen, though, to reveal his confidence regarding his side’s chances of advancing to the Champions League’s quarter-finals:
‘We’re Bayern Munich, though, and I’m sure Liverpool know they’ve got to come here to Munich for the second leg. The chances are 50-50. We’ll see what happens. I’m very confident we’ll get through.’
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 17, 2018
‘Vulnerable, as we’ve seen’
And another of the Bayern contingent, in the form of Manuel Neuer, has this evening weighed in on the tough task awaiting the Bundesliga giants early next year.
The German shot-stopper revealed his opinion that, although Bayern are fully aware of Liverpool’s formidability in attacking areas, he feels Jurgen Klopp’s men remain ‘vulnerable’ elsewhere on the pitch:
They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year.’
‘They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either.
‘They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.’
‘It’ll be a great game both at Liverpool and also at home at the Allianz Arena.’