The reigning European champions are now odds on to secure passage to the next stage after a 4-1 rout of Lazio
Hansi Flick has revealed that his side has taken a huge step towards progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals after dismantling a poor Lazio outfit in the first leg of their Champions League tie.
The current champions obliterated Lazio with first-half goals from Robert Lewandowski, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane sent the visitors out to a 3-0 lead, before a Franceso Acerbi own goal essentially put the tie out of reach with just 47 minutes played.
Because the away leg was such a demolition, Bayern already has both feet into the next round as they look to defend the title they won after defeating PSG 1-0 in the final last season.
The importance of the result was not lost on Hansi Flick as he spoke to Sky Sports after the match.
“Everybody met the expectations, we had a very good team performance and everybody applied pressure,” he told 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 took full advantage of a rare start
The 17-year-old has only started once in 2021 but he showed his impressive ability as he calmly scored Bayern’s second goal of the contest.
With Bayern having a crisis of personnel with Douglas Costa, Serge Gnabry, and Thomas Muller all unavailable, Musiala’s performance was so good that the trio was not missed. A fact that was not lost on Flick as he was left impressed yet again with his young midfielder.
“He’s very secure on the ball and plays well between the lines,” said Flick. “He has a good feeling for what spaces he can or should occupy and did a good job today along with the rest of the team.
“Of course, the goal made us all happy, so we’re very satisfied. A deciding factor for why he played today was that we needed someone like him to keep possession, someone who could try to create overloads between the lines and in the half-spaces, and give passing options. He did that well.”
What is next for Bayern?
Bayern is currently top of the Bundesliga, holding just a two-point lead over second-placed RB Leipzig and hold a seven-point lead over Wolfsburg in third. Up next for Hansi Flick’s side is back-to-back home clashes against Koln and Borussia Dortmund before the return leg against Lazio.