FC Bayern München striker Thomas Muller has acknowledged that beating Juventus in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Wednesday will be no easy feat.
Bayern looked set to take a comfortable 2-0 lead into the second leg thanks to goals from Muller and Arjen Robben.
However, Juventus came roaring back to secure a 2-2 draw courtesy of goals from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro in the 63rd and 76th minutes respectively.
Bayern will be playing the second leg on home soil, where they have won their last nine games and scored 36 goals and conceded just four in that run. Furthermore, Juventus have not beaten Bayern in their last five Champions League meetings, but Muller has made it clear that his side can’t afford to let their guard down.
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“Juventus will set up defensively. We want to be dominant and efficient with our chances early on,” Muller told the club’s website. “I’m optimistic, but also wary, because Juventus created two goals from relatively little in the first leg.
“It’s going to be a lively battle, just as you want it to be in the Champions League. Perhaps it’s a bit early for this kind of an encounter to take place, in the round of 16, but that’s how it is. It will be very exciting.”
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola echoed Muller’s sentiments and admitted that his side will have to be at their best if they are to advance to the quarter-finals.
Bayern will head into the match with their confidence high after a 5-0 win over SV Werder Bremen on Sunday, while Juventus also won over the weekend as the reigning Serie A champions edged Sassuolo 1-0 on Saturday.