Bayern Munich travel to Spain to face Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla in the first leg of the Quarter Finals of UEFA Champions League. Bayern have had a bad time against Spanish teams last few seasons — eliminations to Real Madrid,Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
But when it comes to judging Sevilla, we have seen very few encounters but looking at their records against top teams in La Liga we can assume there are players to look for in both the teams.
1. Robert Lewandowski:
Known as the “Polish Hitman” the name is enough to explain his quality in front of the goal. With 31 goals this season he is fast and decisive with his attacking runs and great poaching positioning. After the goals against rivals Dortmund in their last game, we can surely expect him to rain a few goals unless Escudero does something extraordinary in the Seville defence.
2. Joshua Kimmich:
One thing that has been guaranteed in the German League is the presence of young potential stars. Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich is one of the first names on the teamsheet – for club and country. When Thomas Müller handed the young gun the captain’s armband during Germany’s game against Azerbaijan, he may as well have been placing a crown on the head of one of the new members of German football royalty.
Kimmich may be just 22, but he is already regarded as the finest right-back of his generation – the present and future of the German game. His position on the pitch, for both club and country, has drawn comparisons with Bayern and Germany legend Philip Lahm, who retired last season. He currently has 2 goals and 3 assists in UCL and also had a great campaign for Germany in recent friendlies.
3. James Rodriguez:
Regarded as the Golden Boy back in 2014 World Cup, the Real Madrid midfielder came for a loan spell but turned out to be a great foundation under Heynckens tactics. The midfielder did wonders in their match against Dortmund scoring a goal and assisting two.
With 5 goals and 10 assists this season and a vast experience against Spanish teams, he will be the one that Sevilla’s manager Vincenzo Montella will try to neutralize.
4. Ben Yedder:
When it comes to Sevilla against Bayern you won’t see too many players standing up against them. Yedder will be the one they will look at to open up their scoring. Though he was not extraordinary in League games but he has surely proved himself to be the man of big occasions especially when it comes to Champions League. Scoring 8 goals in 6 matches, he will be the main threat in UCL against the Bavarians sitting next to Ronaldo in top scorers list.
5. Joaquin Correa:
Seville will miss the midfield influence of Banega. But Montella will use the consistency of the player who gave them the chance to stand against teams like Barcelona in League games and Manchester United in UCL knockout stages. He has fast become a go-to option for Vincenzo Montella. The Argentine is showing the form which lit-up the second-half of the ’16/’17 season and his rebirth has had a notable impact on the side’s results – especially in the Copa del Rey where he has now scored five, just one less than Real Murcia’s Curto, who managed six by the round of 32.