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Solid and smart Bayern hold Liverpool at Anfield

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 20, 2019 15:24

Solid and smart Bayern hold Liverpool at Anfield

Bayern Munich showed all their Champions League experience and quality organisation as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last 16 match at Anfield on Tuesday (February 19) in a game of few chances and little drama.
But the result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13 when the German side will be without defender Joshua Kimmich who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.
Perhaps it was a case of both sides showing too much respect for the other — certainly both were wary of over-committing in attack — but for fans used to entertainment and drama on European nights at Anfield it was a let down.
After the game, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Bayern’s defensive shape was different to the more attack-focused team he studied in previous games, and he was happy enough with 0-0 considering his side didn’t concede an away goal.
Bayern manager Robert Kovac believed his side put in a ‘great performance’, considering Liverpool are top of the Premier League and reached last year’s Champions League final.
Liverpool simply could not find the fluency and rhythm that brings the best out of their forward line although they will be pleased, in the absence of their defensive rock Virgil van Dijk, to have kept out Bayern.
Key to that rearguard resilience was the performance from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who deputised well in the central-defensive role keeping Bayern’s scoring threat Robert Lewandowski quiet.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 20, 2019 15:24

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