Bayern Munich ‘do not need to be afraid’ of Man City’s Erling Haaland, according to Lothar Matthaus
Bayern Munich ‘do NOT need to be afraid’ of Erling Haaland, after being drawn against Man City in the Champions League, claims Lothar Matthaus… as German legend insists the Norwegian tends to ‘score less’ against the Bavarian side
- Bayern Munich and Man City will face off in the Champions League quarter-final
- The German side will be wary of the threat that Erling Haaland can pose in game
- German legend Lothar Matthaus claims Bayern do not need to fear Haaland
Bayern Munich have been told that they ‘do not need to be afraid’ of Erling Haaland in their Champions League quarter-final clash, by Lothar Matthaus.
Following the draw on Friday afternoon, the Bundesliga champions will take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the next round of the competition.
They’ll be faced with the tough ask of keeping Norwegian star Haaland – who has scored 39 goals in 36 appearances this campaign – quiet for 180 minutes of football.
Haaland will be no stranger with the Bavarian side, having faced them many times during his Borussia Dortmund days, and will be hopeful of scoring against them again.
However, as Munich fans may be fearful of the impact Haaland may have against them, German football legend Matthaus has eased concerns about the striker.
Erling Haaland has been in scintillating form for Man City this year, scoring 39 times so far
Lothar Matthaus insists that Bayern do not need to fear Haaland in their quarter-final clash
Speaking to Sky Germany, Matthaus claimed that ‘Manchester City is in a very good mood’ coming into the tie.
He then reflected on the potential danger that the Norwegian could cause and said: ‘Haaland played against Bayern more often and scored less. You don’t need to be afraid of him.’
When looking at his numbers in Dortmund, the striker faced Bayern Munich seven times and managed to score five goals in those matches.
However, the statistics show that Haaland has never won a match against the Bundesliga giants, out of the seven clashes he’s been involved in.
Things may be different for the Norwegian this time round, as he’ll come into the match full of confidence given his performances of late.
In his most recent match in the competition, Haaland became just the second player in Champions League history to score five goals in a single match.
Bayern, on the other hand, will also back themselves to progress to the semi-finals after beating PSG 3-0 on aggregate in the last-16.
Haaland made history after scoring five goals in one match against RB Leipzig this week
It has been a far from straight-forward season for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, who are in a title race of their own with Union Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, and the two sides share a very even history.
Three wins apiece, with City winning the most recent meeting, back in 2014-15, to draw level in the match-up as both sides have three victories to their name.
It also represents a reunion for Pep Guardiola at the club where he famously failed to win the competition, but had widespread success in all other competitions in his three-year stay in Bavaria.
City will now face two German sides in successive rounds of the competition, after defeating RB Leipzig in the previous round.
Bayern Munich are top of the Bundesliga but have not been as dominant as in previous years
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