Robert Lewandowski has admitted he is expecting a tough test when Bayern Munich take on Lazio in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Bayern are currently enjoying their winter break but will be back in action this week against Mainz 05. Hansi Flick’s side are due to come up against Lazio on February 23, 2021, and Lewandowski isn’t writing the Serie A giants off.
“Lazio are a great team, they proved it last year by fighting until the end for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sports.
“It will definitely be a very tough match, we will have to be very prepared. If we show our best qualities, we can get through the round.”
Lewandowski also added that Bayern Munich assistant coach Miroslav Klose’s knowledge of his former club has helped them prepare better for the clash.
He said, “Yes, he played there and knows them well. It will be a great challenge, we have to be ready and we have great respect for Lazio.”
Bayern put on a scintillating performance in the first knockout round of the CL last season. They brushed aside Chelsea with three goals at Stamford Bridge, and there was no way back for Frank Lampard’s men.
This is the first time in history these two sides will be up against each other. This is also the first time Lazio have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since the 1999-2000 season.
Lewandowski will be up against high-flying Lazio striker, Ciro Immobile, who beat the Bayern man to lift the European Golden Boot by scoring an incredible 36 goals in Serie A.