Robert Lewandowski blames Nico Kovac for Bayern Munich's defeat to Liverpool

Carrie Guzman
March 15, 2019

Ex-Liverpool star Nicol told ESPN FC: "I would love to say that Liverpool came and were just too clever and sat in a great spot".

Joining them include Juventus, Barcelona, Porto, and Ajax - but it is the latter that Van Dijk is most anxious about.

His first, flummoxing Manuel Neuer, was superbly taken, and his second was nearly a carbon copy of his header against Watford.

He then said that everything good about the goal was from Mane.

Former Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson has lauded Virgil van Dijk, stating the Dutchman can put world-class strikers to sleep. We want as many (as possible) going forward. I think this is very good for English football.

It was perhaps an attempt by Klopp to stretch the play early on, but they reverted to their usual roles around the time Fabinho replaced the injured Jordan Henderson.

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The first leg ended goalless a fortnight back, but two goals from Sadio Mane either side of a Virgil van Dijk header saw the Reds go sailing through in style against an ageing Bayern team that is visibly coming to the end of it's cycle.

Pep Guardiola, the only coach left in the competition to have previously won the Champions League, was quick to point out after Man City's win against Schalke this week that Ronaldo, in particular, is a major threat to his team's ambitions.

Van Dijk oozes confidence on the ball, he organises his defence and those in front of him, and opponents are so concerned by his ability on the ball that they leave space for other Liverpool players by spending so much energy attempting to starve the former Celtic defender of possession. "But it has been a top league and there haven't been that many teams (in the latter stages) of this one". There are some places in world football that whatever team comes here - Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona - they wouldn't expect to win it.

They needed to turn this around, and they did-thanks to some words from the manager at half time.

In-form Mane pounced on a needless charge out of his goal by Manuel Neuer in his 100th Champions League appearance, to round the Bayern keeper with a superb turn before chipping his finish into the empty net in the 26th minute. They didn't go forward, they just sort of sat and waited. They also completed 78 per cent of their passes in the second half, compared to 69 per cent in the first.

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