Julian Nagelsmann is looking forward to the duel with his former protégé Robert Lewandowski. “I’m looking forward to Robert – not as an opponent, because he’s very good, but as a person,” said the Bayern Munich coach, referring to the explosive reunion in the Champions League on Tuesday (9pm/Prime Video), when the German football record champions meet FC Barcelona.
Barca “started very strongly, they score a lot of goals, it will be a tough game,” Nagelsmann stressed on DAZN after the 2-0 (1-0) start to the top flight at Inter Milan. In his analysis of the opponents, however, he would “not talk so much” about Lewandowski, Munich’s long-time top scorer, “the boys know him and he plays very similarly in Barcelona”.
Thomas Müller is also “absolutely” looking forward to the duel, “not only because of Robert. It’s always great against Barca, it’s a summit meeting,” he said and sees FC Bayern prepared: “We feel good and have passed the acid test.”
Captain Manuel Neuer is also confident about Bayern’s second group game: “We know Robert well and know about his abilities. But he also knows that it’s not easy against us.”
Against Inter, however, the focus was first on Leroy Sane. “He is a key player, one for the special moments,” Neuer praised the attacking player, who scored the first goal himself after a masterstroke (25th) and forced Danilo D’Ambrosio’s own goal (66th).
Sane had repeatedly been criticised in recent months. That is why the Munich team is now hoping for more consistency from Sane. “When he feels like it, he can be one of the best in Europe. He should continue like this,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. Sane had shown “very good actions”, Müller added, “that’s what we need from him”.