dietmar hamman backing bayern over liverpool tonight

07:30    13 Mar 2019

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (l) and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamman believes Bayern Munich will overcome the English side when the teams meet in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

The Bavarians will host the Reds at the Allianz Arena for the return leg of their last 16 tie. The first match at Anfield last month ended 0-0.

That result seemed to spark Bayern, who have been short of their best under manager Niko Kovac throughout the season, into life.

They have since put together some superb domestic performances, including a 6-0 hammering of Wolfsburg this past weekend which took them to the top of the Bundesliga.

"Liverpool are definitely running into Bayern at the wrong time with a new belief pulsing through the Bavarian ranks," Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, told the Liverpool Echo.

"It has been a tough first season for Munich boss Niko Kovac, but he has kept his cool, even when fans were calling for his head in the autumn. Fast forward a few months and they are looking unbeatable and favourites to retain their title.

"Their confidence will contrast with the mood at Liverpool and I’ll take Bayern in another tight, low-scoring encounter."

The 45-year-old, who represented both Bayern and Liverpool in his club career, added: "Players such as Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller seem to have been around forever and have been axed from the Germany squad by Joachim Low but none of them is more than 30 and they all have a couple of seasons left.

"Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, David Alaba and Kingsley Coman are players you can build a team around, though Kovac will have to be clever in the transfer market.

"Bayern are still a European giant – Liverpool are all too aware of that – and they won’t be disappearing without trace any time soon."

 

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