advantage of FC Bayern. With international maturity of the German record football champion of the attacking force of Liverpool FC has stood up to the dreaded Anfield. Even if it is for the people of Munich in the first part of the big Champions League showdown is not the first German Europakalerfolg in Liverpool reached after the 0:0 the full Confidence of the eighth-final second leg on 13. March in the Allianz Arena. Especially as the Premier League Team of coach Jürgen Klopp has lost in the group stage all three home games against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and red star Belgrade.
“Here in Liverpool, I found that we did a really good job,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac. “If we have a structure in the game, it is difficult to achieve for Liverpool a goal. We have achieved our goal,” said Kovac.
Manuel Neuer satisfied
“We knew, who we meet, and that they have quick players. We defended well and were very compact. We wanted to achieve a good result. Away you score a goal, but all of them have worked,” said captain Manuel Neuer in the Sky and described the situation as “not so bad”.
Klopp sees his Reds, but a clear disadvantage. “This is not a dream result, but a result with which we can work,” said the Liverpool Coach. Really happy he was. “Before the game, a lot has been talked, and then this came out.”
in this season often patzende Bayern defense stood firm to the very sovereign Mats Hummels stable overall, and the supernatant with luck a few moments. A football spectacle not experienced the 52,000 spectators in the Wind and rain. Bayern Coach Niko Kovac had to seal his team even without the suspended Thomas Müller and the injured Arjen Robben in his first K. o. game in Europe, the king class in a tactically clever set. Switch Kovac in the return game needs to Defensive its because Joshua Kimmich is missing because of the third Yellow card.
High concentration, consistent avoidance of errors
At the edge of the field delivered the Croat some word exchange with the counterparty to Klopp. “This is why we have become a footballer, why we work. These are the games where you want to go,” said Kovac, shortly before part one of his coaches-maturity test on the Sky microphone.
And his players followed the tactical Plan: High concentration, consistent avoidance of errors, Liverpool not a Chance for a RAID-type football, and the euphoric crowd at Anfield, not a high mood to indulge. This was achieved just in the beginning phase. Especially for the injured Leon Goretzka next to Thiago on the double-six aufgebotene Javier Martinez, despite getting very little game practice, a factor of stability.
Liverpool FC with respect,
The Reds also had a visible respect and let the Bayern Ball and space. The Klopp idea was clear: To Munich-based errors in the structure of lurking and then quick as a flash, in a disorderly Defensive encounter. The Like Bayern did to them but for the time being, rare. Mohamed Salah (12. Minute) brought no pressure behind the Ball. Sadio Mané (16.) moved to Kimmich over, but also at the gate.
Also the Bavarians came to opportunities. After a pass from Serge Gnabry already Joel Matip (13.) his own goalkeeper Alison Becker. Kingsley Coman – in time from his ankle scare on Friday in Augsburg, recover – lap to the external network (16.). Bayern controlled the action, instead of spectacle, there was lawn chess.
Bayern Munich is hardly dangerous
in the course of the game, Liverpool took on more speed and was now also dangerous. Salah (24.) lurked at the far post for a Header and Mané (32.) was suddenly, completely free lap, but obviously surprised by the amount of space in fits and starts over. Also Matip (40.) missed a sharp in the goal. The offensive reason-danger of Liverpool lacked the Bavaria. Also from the possession of the ball-Plus, and some of the corners no more chances were created.
Kovac and Klopp never once thought to change their tactics for the second half. More Liverpool lay in wait for the diligent, but unusually slipshod Salah. Bayern revealed but open a few gaps. As Coman (60.) however, time, bombed, as were Martinez and Hummels collective to stop Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area.
a Short time before Gnabry (59.) with a bold shot of an exclamation point. The offensive managed to Bayern otherwise. But also the big final attack – otherwise a strength of the Reds – remained. As knockout to the head ball 85 came (.) goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was in the short corner.
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