Phelan backs Bayern to win easily

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich take on Austrian champions RB Salzburg in the Champions League Round of 16 at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday. Ahead of the knockout rounds, former Manchester City defender and football pundit Terry Phelan fully backed the German giants to comfortably win the tie despite recent results against the Bavarians in the Bundesliga. Follow all live football updates only on InsideSport.IN

Julian Nagelsmann’s men completely lost the plot as they lost 4-2 to Thomas Reis’ Bochum in the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski struck the first in the ninth minute and it looked like another routine game for the record champions. But things changed drastically when Ghana striker Christopher Antwi-Adjei brought Bochum back into the game.

Thomas Reis’ men took the lead when Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia scored from the spot. A quick break caught the Bayern defenders off guard when the ball ended up hitting Dayot Upamecano’s hand inside the penalty area and resulted in a kick. After that, all hell broke loose when defender Christian Gamboa got his name on the scoresheet as well. Four minutes later, winger Gerrit Holtmann also joined the party and took the game away from Bayern’s reach in the first half. Lewandowski added another in the second half but that was just a consolation.

Although there is some tension in and around the club over the club’s defensive weaknesses and also their upcoming important games in the Bundesliga and also in the Champions League. Some people even think that RB Salzburg’s quick-transition counter-attacking team can cause a lot of problems for Bayern.

Former Northern Ireland international Terry Phelan has admitted his defensive weaknesses in the online interaction facilitated by Sony Sports Network. But he also underlined the strength of the Bavarians with excellent players all over the park, especially in midfield and in attack.

“It was a shocking result against Bochum, but listen, you always get a result like that against teams you come up against from time to time. I agree they have weaknesses in the backline, “We know that. But when it comes to their midfielders and forwards, they have great players. There’s a different array of talent in there. They concede goals but they also win games.” Phelan before the game against Salzburg.

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich will win comfortably over RB Salzburg according to Terry Phelan despite shock loss to VfL Bochum

The 54-year-old also believes Julan Nagelsmann’s side are too good to falter at such a big Champions League stage. Therefore, it was pretty sure that Bayern were going to win the encounter quite comfortably.

“The thing about Bayern Munich is if they concede two goals they’re likely to score three out of four. I think it was one of those games that probably didn’t go well. past for them. They had a lot of chances but no one was able to put the ball in the back of the net. But I think the Champions League is a bit different. Personally, I don’t see them struggling in the Champions League. champions against Salzburg. I think they can go there and win that game comfortably.”

Phelan believes the loss to Bochum was a unique circumstance and probably a kick in the back to wake up the team ahead of the Champions League. Overall, he thinks seasoned players have that character to ignore the fats and strive for more.

“That’s probably part of the truth, especially the players they have. It was (loss to Bochum) probably a kick in the back at the weekend to wake up. But the players know what it’s that being in the knockout stages of the Champions League, they’ve been there before, they’ve done it before, so I’m pretty sure they’ll be firing full throttle in this game. don’t see them having any problems,” the former Manchester City man said.

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However, another talking point from the Bochum defeat was Dayot Upamecano’s form. While it’s too early to comment on the young Frenchman, he has made enough mistakes to cause concern. People already don’t know if he is Bayern’s future or not and his inconsistent display this season just hasn’t allowed for that calm and stability in defence.

The situation adds to the problem of their other main centre-back, Niklas Sule leaving the club and joining Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer at the end of this season. So that leaves Julian Nagelsmann with very limited and inexperienced options.

Speaking about Bayern’s defensive issues, Phelan added: “Honestly it doesn’t look good because when you bring in players you expect them to settle in immediately. That hasn’t happened in this case. But if you ask me, they still look like a fantastic side. If you watch him go from strength to strength from the middle to the final third. They’re bound to make a few mistakes here and there and I’m sure the manager will fix it. .

UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich will win comfortably over RB Salzburg according to Terry Phelan despite shock loss to VfL Bochum
UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich will win comfortably over RB Salzburg according to Terry Phelan despite shock loss to VfL Bochum

He assures that Bayern could seek to bring in a defensive reinforcement. But also shared his thoughts on what can be done with someone like an Upamecano, who was unable to provide that assurance at the back.

“They’re going to miss a few players, some players are going to leave the club after this season. But I’m sure they’ll bring someone in to look at their needs. When you look around the world at the best centre-backs, there’s there aren’t many right now. So it’s important to pick the right player for the right philosophy. I think Bayern will do that, they’ll find someone for sure. But individual mistakes are something you can legislate, that happens in world football, however, if it continues, you have to keep watching the player, probably sitting him down, resting him, teaching him a lesson and also bringing in the analysts and checking why the mistakes are happening. small teams can always be ignored, but you can’t do that in the Champions League,” he concluded.

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