B/Munich vs Sevilla: New German champions eye UCL semis

Champions League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 11/04/2018

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With the sixth consecutive Bundesliga title already in the kitty, Bayern Munich's next assignment is to seal their place in the Champions League semi-final.

The Bavarians have done well enough securing a 2-1 away win in Spain, they are now required to finish the job as it were at the Allianz Arena.

With an advantage of two away goals and the atmosphere of the Allianz Arena to buoy their spirits, the team simply must maintain focus, especially in the early minutes of the game, and play to its potential.

James was in inspired form on Saturday, returning a goal and an assist to help Bayern to a 4-1 success at neighbours Augsburg, a win that served to confirm a sixth straight Bundesliga title with five games to spare.

Buoyed by that triumph, the Bavarian giants are now looking to see off Sevilla after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the first leg last week, an own-goal from Jesus Navas and a Thiago header enough to give the five-time winners a slender aggregate advantage.

Unbeaten in all competitions at home this season, Bayern have won all four European games at the Allianz Arena, scoring 14 goals in the process.

The only concern for Jupp Heynckes ahead of this one is the impending absence of David Alaba and Arturo Vidal; who both also missed the win in Augsburg due to injury.

Sevilla's up-and-down form this season continued at the weekend: the Andalusian side suffered a 4-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday, hardly ideal preparation for a trip to Munich.

The visitors will welcome back metronomic midfielder Ever Banega, who missed the first leg due to suspension, for this one, while Wissam Ben Yedder (eight goals) trails only Cristiano Ronaldo in this season's Champions League scoring charts.

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Bayern sealed a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with five games to spare, beating Augsburg 4-1.

James Rodriguez has returned six goals and 10 assists in only 19 Bundesliga outings this season.

Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy are one booking away from missing the semi-final first leg should Bayern qualify.

Lewandowski has scored hat-tricks in his last two games at home (6-0 v Hamburg, 6-0 v Borussia Dortmund).

The Bavarians' European record against Spanish opposition in Munich reads: W18 D5 L3.

This is Bayern's seventh straight Champions League quarter-final.

Sevilla beat Manchester United 2-1 away from home in the round of 16 thanks to two Ben Yedder goals; a repeat of that result would take the tie into extra time.

Probable line-ups

Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Bernat – Martinez, Thiago – James Rodriguez, Müller (c), Ribery – Lewandowski

Absentees: Neuer (light training), Coman (ankle), Alaba (back), Vidal (knee)

Coach: Jupp Heynckes

Sevilla: Soria – Navas, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero (c) – N'Zonzi, Banega – Vazquez, Correa – Ben Yedder, Muriel

Absentees: Corchia (groin), Layun (ineligible)

Coach: Vincenzo Montella
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