The Champions League quarter-finals kick off on Tuesday as Sevilla host Bayern Munich and Juventus host Real Madrid in the first leg of the first two ties.
Our focus is in Spain where Vincenzo Montella’s side upset Manchester United in the previous round thanks to a late brace from Wissam Ben Yedder at Old Trafford.
Many believe that the La Liga outfit are the weakest of the eight teams left in this competition, whilst some consider Bayern Munich to be the favourites.
Jupp Heynckes took over during the season and has the team back to the best, not too far from the team he left in 2013 as Champions League winners.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 26 goals in his 26 Bundesliga games (22 starts) this season and a further five in seven Champions League matches – a good return considering the runaway German league leaders have nine different goalscorers in their eight games in this season’s competition.
Bayern have plenty of attacking talent to support him, from the likes of Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman. Behind the attack three, Heynckes can call upon the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso and Arturo Vidal to create chances from the midfield three – whilst the full-backs bomb forward too. Joshua Kimmich has an excellent cross from the right.
As for the hosts, winger Jesus Navas has been playing at right-back under Montella and only two teams outside the relegation zone have conceded more goals than the 46 Sevilla have allowed in La Liga through 30 games.
Bayern Munich were convincing 5-0 winners over Besiktas in the first leg of their second round tie and I expect them all-but book their place in the semi-finals after the first leg of this tie. Comfortable away win.