Cape Town - Former
Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes the Bundesliga
champions are the front-runners to claim the UEFA Champions League title
Die Roten are chasing a treble of trophies. They have already secured
their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title, are in the semi-finals of the
DFB-Pokal, and take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Champions
League quarter-final tie against Sevilla.
Hargreaves, who played for the Bavarians between 2000 and 2007, has
backed his former club to go all the way in Europe, especially with the
experienced leadership of manager Jupp Heynckes to guide them.
"He’s used all his experience at this level, he’s a great man manager and all the players love him,” Hargreaves told BT Sport when asked about Heynckes.
"Bayern aren’t now giving teams as many chances as they did under
Guardiola. Under Pep they were so dominant offensively, had so much
possession, so high up the pitch. When they lost in previous years to
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid a lot of the goals were on
the counter attack.
"This Bayern team won’t suffer that same issue anymore. They play a
bit more reserved now, they are built differently. It suits the
Champions League because all the remaining sides play exceptional
attacking football but offer up chances for the opposition.
"Bayern are the only team left that will play a bit more cautiously,
they are perfectly built for knockout football. Nobody will want to play
them and I don’t see anyone beating them over two legs."
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