Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has claimed that Chelsea have the potential to “go far” in the Champions League under new boss, Thomas Tuchel. The Premier League giants let go of Frank Lampard in January, after a disastrous run of results saw them drop out of the top four.
The Blues finished top of their group under Lampard, but face a tough task when they take on LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid next week.
And while Tuchel admitted that his side have their work cut out for them, Flick believes the former Paris Saint-Germain manager can take Chelsea into the latter stages of the competition.
“Chelsea have massive potential both in terms of quality and quantity,” Flick told France Football.
“It’s a young team with a lot of talent. They can go far in the Champions League this season. Thomas [Tuchel] has gained experience at PSG that will benefit him at Chelsea. He’s ready for this challenge.”
Bayern face tough Lazio task
Flick’s side, meanwhile, face a tough task of their own in the Champions League against Lazio. Bayern are looking to defend their crown against a side who have been experiencing a period of strong form.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (h/t LazioNews24): “Bayern will not underestimate Lazio. We are the favourites because we’re the reigning champions, but we will certainly not underestimate our opponents.
“We saw that in the games against Borussia Dortmund, and in Sunday’s match against Inter.”
Robert Lewandowski has also previously claimed that he is “wary” of facing the Serie A giants.
“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.”
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.