Champions League

Bayern Munich and Hansi Flick make Champions League history in win over Lazio

Hansi Flick
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Bayern Munich and Hansi Flick made Champions League history in their 2-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday. The Bayern boss is yet to draw or lose a game in the competition since taking over at the club, and extended his run to seven unbeaten Champions League games and saw his side qualify for the last eight.

It was a night of several firsts for both manager and club, who have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League 19 times – more than any other side in the history of the competition.

Flick also became the first manager to win each of his seven knockout stage games, having beaten Chelsea and Lazio twice, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Lyon previously.

Speaking after the game, the 52-year-old admitted that his team will continue playing attacking football as they look to bring home their seventh European cup.

“Our attack is so strong and we play a high-risk game,” he told Sky. “It’s important that we keep playing like this and defend from the front to put our opponents under pressure.

“Sure, every now and then the opponent will get chances, but that’s how I want us to play. It was important for me that we won the game. Lazio defended well but I think the win was deserved. It’s a shame that we conceded again.”

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi was full of praises for the spirit his team showed and also had words of praise for Bayern.

“Some teams are unplayable: Bayern are one of them. We’re proud of our European path this season, progressing from the group unbeaten,” he said.

“This was a risky game after the first leg. The players did well to never switch off. A good performance was necessary, and we bow out of the competition with a positive game.”

Bayern are next up in action against VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga over the weekend and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.