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A one-year break is enough

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:02 pm

After a one-year break FC Bayern aim to advance to the Champions League last four in Wednesday's return leg against Sevilla. They would make it to the semi-finals for the seventh time in nine years, knocked out only by Real Madrid in the previous season and by Inter Milan in 2010/11. fcbayern.com has collected more facts and stats ahead of the clash.

Good position

The two sides face off in a competitive fixture for the second time. Bayern won the first encounter 2-1 last week, sealing a good position for the return leg. Munich have advanced to the next round after winning the first leg in 14 of the last 15 cases. The last time they were knocked out despite a first-leg success dates back to the 2010/11 season, when they beat Inter Milan 1-0 away but lost 3-2 at home in the last sixteen. But beware: the Andalusians knocked out Manchester United in the last sixteen, winning 2-1 away after a goalless draw at home.

Strong streak

The Bavarians will not only be buoyed by the championship title they sealed last weekend, but also by an impressive streak in Europe's premier club competition. The 2-1 win away to Sevilla was their seventh Champions League victory in a row, the last defeat dating back to September 2017, when they lost 3-0 away to Paris. The only time FCB boasted a longer streak was in the 2013 treble year, when they won ten consecutive matches from April to November.

Stronghold Allianz Arena

Bayern are very strong on their home field. The German record champions have won 20 of their last 21 Champions League home matches, only losing against Real Madrid in last year's quarter-final first leg. Munich are very prolific up front, scoring at least three goals in each of the four CL home matches this season, scoring a total of 14 goals and conceding only one. Robert Lewandowksi is Bayern's top scorer, boasting 19 goals in the last 17 CL home matches.

Birthday boy and knockout expert

Thiago's header sealed the final scoreline in the first leg. Thiago has scored three Champions League goals this term, more than in any other season. The Spaniard is an expert when it comes to the knockout matches, scoring seven of his eight Champions League goals after the group stage. Thiago would not only please the fans but also crown a special day if he scores again: Bayern's midfield maestro turns 27 on Wendesday.

Yellow danger

Six Bayern players would be suspended for the semi-final first leg should they see a yellow card. Jérôme Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Franck Ribéry, Sebastian Rudy, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski have picked up two bookings this term and will have to watch out. All bookings will be cancelled after the quarter-finals.

Aggressive Sevilla

Sevilla have to make the most of their attacking quality if they want to overturn the deficit. The Andalusians have failed to score only once this season, when they were held to a goalless draw by Manchester United. Sevilla have scored 19 goals in the ten other matches. Wissam Ben Yedder is Sevilla's top scorer. The Frenchman with Tunisian roots has scored eight goals in eight Champions League appearances so far this term. Ben Yedder is Cristiano Ronaldo's (14 goals) closest pursuer in the scorer rankings.
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