5 reasons Bayern Munich beat Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League
Robert Lewandowski, Alphonso Davies and their illustrious teammates should give Bayern Munich more than enough quality to take on Dynamo Kyiv’s challenge in the UEFA Champions League. bundesliga.com has the specifics …
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1) Lewandowski unstoppable
It’s no secret that Lewandowski is a goal machine. He almost scores where and when he wants. In his 69 Champions League appearances with Bayern, he has scored 58 goals. The last two of those strikes came during Bayern’s Champions League curtain-raiser at Camp Nou against Barcelona. You can bet Lewandowski will be keen to maintain that record of better than one goal per game for as long as he can, and will look to put them away, after taking a break in goal for the first time this win. Bayern’s 3-1 over Greuther Fürth on Friday night.
To concern: Robert Lewandowski, winner of the 2021 European Golden Shoe
2) Alphonso Davies, master of the left flank
Dynamo’s main offensive threat comes from the right wing and is called Viktor Tsyhankov. The winger has already scored seven goals this season and is clearly the dangerous man for the Ukrainian side. However, when Dynamo travel to Munich they will face a defense made up of perhaps Europe’s best left-back. Davies has made giant strides during his time in Munich and has always been there for Bayern this season. In his last run-out against Fürth, the Canadian prepared Thomas Müller to open the scoring, his third assist of the year. Whether deployed as a classic left-back or in a more advanced role, such as against Fürth, Davies will play a huge role in canceling the Dynamo’s attack, and his frantic pace means visitors will think twice before d ‘Engage too many players forward.
3) Legendary Support Cast
Lewandowski isn’t the only Bayern player with impressive Champions League credentials. The Polish international’s crime partner in the Bayern attack, Müller, has made 125 Champions League appearances from the group stage to the final – more appearances than any other German in the competition. In those appearances, Müller has scored 49 goals, his latest also coming against Barcelona. At the back, another legend flaunts impressive career numbers. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is set to make his 99th Champions League appearance as a Bayern player. In this near-century of apparitions, he has kept 41 clean sheets.
To concern: Thomas Müller helped Bayern defeat Fürth on Friday
4) Bayern on the rise
The record champions have scored 41 goals in nine competitive games this season alone. Despite being the best in Ukraine, Kiev cannot compete with Bayern’s dominance and goal power. In their 11 competitive games this season, Dynamo have only found the net 25 times. It’s hard to see goals drying up for Bayern, and visitors will need to find another level if they plan to break through the Allianz Arena’s defenses. Given that Dynamo have lost their last four trips to Munich, it seems unlikely that a turnaround will happen on Wednesday night.
Bayern swept Barcelona away in their first game of the group stage. – LLUIS GENE / AFP via Getty Images
5) Record after record after record
Winning the Champions League allows a club to crown themselves Kings of Europe for a year. Bayern have excellent chances to do so in May, but they already hold a distinction that puts them above all other clubs on the continent: Bayern have scored at least once in their last 80 competitive games – a European record in progress. Considering that the Allianz Arena have already scored 15 goals in just three games this season, it seems almost certain that Bayern will extend that streak to at least 81 games.