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‘A giant step towards the quarter-finals’ – Flick thrilled with ‘special’ effort as Bayern trounce Lazio

Last season’s Champions League winners are actually one step nearer in the defence of their title

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admitted that his group took a “giant step” towards the quarter-closing after destroying Lazio in the first leg of their Champions League conflict.

The reigning Champions League winners hammered Lazio 4-1 on Tuesday with objectives from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane as nicely as a Franceso Acerbi personal objective.

With the large away leg win, Bayern have one foot in the subsequent spherical as they appear to proceed the defence of their Champions League crown.

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What did Flick need to say?

“Everybody met the expectations, we had a very good team performance and everybody applied pressure,” he advised Sky Sports. 

“Everybody had the will to do something special right from the start. The win is well-deserved. I am very happy. We made a giant step towards the quarter-final.”

Musiala impresses

Having began just one sport thus far in 2021, Musiala shined for Bayern, scoring their second objective of the sport.

With the likes of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry and Douglas Costa out, it was Musiala who stepped in and stepped up, leaving Flick impressed.

“He’s very safe on the ball and performs nicely between the traces,” Flick said after the match. “He has a great feeling for what areas he can or ought to occupy and did a great job at present alongside with the remainder of the group.

“Of course, the objective made us all joyful, so we’re very glad. A deciding issue for why he performed at present was that we would have liked somebody like him to maintain possession, somebody who may attempt to create overloads between the traces and in the half-areas, and provides passing choices. He did that nicely.”

Up subsequent for Bayern

Bayern at present sit atop the Bundesliga, sustaining a two-level lead over RB Leipzig and a seven-level lead on third-place Wolfsburg.

Next up is a gathering with Koln this weekend earlier than Bayern welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Allianz Arena on March 6.

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