Bayern Munich needs to find the right balance in their game against Liverpool if they want to progress beyond the Champions League last 16, warns Lothar Matthaus.
The Bavarians host Klopp’s men in the return leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter on Wednesday night after settling for a barren draw at Anfield two weeks ago.
However, Bayern Munich legend Matthaus whose solitary European triumph with the Bundesliga giants came in the UEFA Cup, is wary of Liverpool’s attacking threat.
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In a recent interview, he told Sky: “0-0 is a decent result on the face of it but of course Bayern don’t have an away goal, and that’s all the more dangerous when you’re playing Liverpool, who carry a huge attacking threat.”
“Bayern have to find the right balance – don’t concede, and score one themselves, that’s all they need.
“But the balance is very important – and also very dangerous: a bit too attacking, and Liverpool can exploit that; too defensive, then that’ll maybe reduce Bayern’s own attacking threat.
“They’ve got to score a goal somehow because I don’t believe that in a game like this you can aim for a 0-0.”
With ten European Cups between the two clubs, last season’s finalists Liverpool will be aiming to go beyond one better than the previous campaign, while the Bundesliga leaders will be motivated to maintain their run of seven semi-finals in the last nine seasons.
But Matthaus feels the team with the best defence will triumph in the game.
“You start with a solid defensive game, in the same way, they played in Liverpool, but definitely not too defensive.
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“Firstly they’re playing at home, and secondly they’ve got to get a goal, but actually in recent weeks Bayern have been good at the back, compact, and that’s how you keep in check a strong attack like Liverpool’s.
“You can’t throw everything at Liverpool from the start, no coach would be that crazy, because we know how strong Liverpool are, and that’s why the approach in the first leg was a bit more cautious than in other Champions League games.”