World News – GB – FC Bayern Champions League group analysis


Ahead of FC Bayern’s Champions League title defense, we take a look at the three teams they will face in the group stage, analyzing their strengths, weaknesses, key player and where they will end up in the group A

Defending champions FC Bayern München will aim to be the second team to win the Champions League in consecutive seasons Like any team that aspires to advance to the final in Istanbul, it has to go through the stages groups, where she will face Atletico Madrid, Lokomotiv Moscow and Red Bull Salzburg Although Bayern are firm favorites to come out on top of Group A, their opponents each offer a distinct challenge that Hansi Flick’s side must overcome if they are to reach the round of 16.
(adsbygoogle =windowsbygoogle || []) push ({}); So that our readers can better understand the future opponents of the treble winners, we have put together a profile of each club that Bayern will face.We take a look at their strengths, &’s weaknesses, and whether they are able to quickly shatter the hopes of the Bayern to relieve Der Henkelpott or are just another pit stop en route to the Bavarian title defense
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Matchday 1 10/21/2020 (A) VS Bayern
Matchday 5 01/12/2020 (H) VS Bayern
Atletico Madrid have long been known as a club built for European knockout competition It was once again in the spotlight last season, with Los Rojiblancos knocking out defending champions Liverpool from the competition. Atletico Madrid will revel in their underdog role against Bayern, ready to absorb the pressure from the Bavarians and looking to hit them on the clock with the speed of Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco as well as the overlapping presence of one or more. the other back
Atletico also have a dangerous partnership at the top, with Luis Suarez and João Félix Félix being tasked with crossing the opposition lines, picking up the ball and leading the defense Suarez is more of a classic goal poacher, playing against central opposition defenders and seeking to enter at the right time to complete This relationship forces opposition central defenders to make the uncomfortable decision to follow Felix to midfield and leave Suarez 1v1 or stay put and to give João Félix a better opportunity to lead the game from midfield
Defensive strength is what Atleti is known for, highlighted once again this season as Simeone’s side have conceded only once in their opening 4 La Liga games and been undefeated in La Liga for 20 matches (longest streak in the top five European leagues) Set up in a classic 4-4-2, Atletico uses the two banks of 4s to compact the opposition’s playing space and force reversals Bayern will need to be patient to beat Simeone’s well-trained defense, and when chances arise FCB forwards must take them
With Atletico drilled so well in defense, Simeone’s side often lacked the attacking momentum of other elite teams in world football. In two of their opening 4 La Liga games, Los Rojiblancos were unable to find the net, both times drawing 0-0 draws in what were winners.
(adsbygoogle =windowsbygoogle || []) push ({}); a man who is able to turn draws into wins is their new striker Luis Suarez However, he’s unlikely to shoot all cylinders for Atleti, with the 33-year-old Uruguyan and without the sharpness he has made proof in his early years in Spain João Félix has also not been able to perform steadily since arriving for a club record of € 126.00m, looking uneasy up front on his own and without the goal threat of a striker from world class
Another factor that could play a role is the loss of Ram midfielder Thomas Partey Party for Arsenal on the deadline day, the Ghanaian defensive midfielder will leave a huge void in the Atletico midfielder, his progressive passing and defensive coverage made him a key part of Simeone’s squad last season With the arrival of Lucas Torreira, Atletico have an equally pitiful defensive midfielder who is ready to get their hands dirty, but with the ball, Torreira will offer less for Simeone’s side in the future. In a side that need as many attacking impulses as possible, the € 50 00m release clause in Partey’s contract could return to bite Atletico in a number of ways
Key player: João Félix
Aside from Atletico’s quick counterattack play, a big part of their offensive incentive goes through the young Portuguese striker If Felix is ​​at the top of his game, he’s a handful for opposition defenders, popping up all over the court and with silky skills and an eye for a pass that leaves defenders embarrassed.
João Félix has not been able to consistently show his best since moving to Madrid, with just 6 goals and 1 assist in 27 La Liga appearances If the Portuguese prodigy is at the top of his game against Bayern, he could be a huge threat, giving Atleti a creative outlet in possession If Felix is ​​unable to leave an impact on the proceedings, Atletico’s play will feel the consequences, relying on counterattacks and set pieces to break opponents’ goal
Verdict: second place
Despite all of Atletico’s offensive deficiencies over the past two seasons, Diego Simeone’s well-drilled defensive structure has proven to be a winning formula in knockout competition. In a group where Atletico and Bayern are comfortable favorites, we see no reason why Los Rojiblancos will not reach the round of 16 again this season.
However, we think Bayern have a slight advantage over them, with the individual quality of the attack giving Bayern the advantage. Atletico have also shown in the past their ability to drop points against sides where they are seen as favorites.This has been visible again this season in their draw against newly promoted SD Huesca as well as in the League of Nations. champions of last season where they lost unnecessarily to Bayer Leverkusen 2: 1
Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)
Matchday 2 10/27/2020 (H) VS Bayern
Matchday 6 09/12/2020 (A) VS Bayern
Lokomotiv Moscow have qualified for their third consecutive Champions League group stage and will look to exit the group stages for the second time in their history The Russian capital is in good defensive health, keeping a clean sheet in 4 of its last 5 Premier Liga games With a well-organized structure against the ball, Lokomotiv manager Marko Nikolić has set up finalists for the season last in Russia to keep the games close and hope to strike a fluke in their few chances to aim for the goal
Moving forward is where Lokomotiv has less to offer, with Aleksei Miranchuk leaving for Atalanta for € 14.50m leaving a gaping hole in Loko’s midfielder’s creative engine room Lokomotiv has lost its main threat goal scoring 12 goals and 5 assists in Premier Liga last season Without Miranchuk, Lokomotiv couldn’t score more than 2 goals once in his first 10 matches Against strong opposition like Bayern, having a well-trained defense is simply not enough to go 90 minutes unscathed, and the absence of their midfield talisman means Loko will have no outlet in possession to ease the pressure on. their bottom line even momentarily
Key player: Vedran Ćorluka
Ćorluka will be a crucial part of Lokomotiv Moskow’s hopes of a Champions League miracle, with the captain becoming even more integral to Russia’s defense now that partner Benedikt Howedes announced his retirement last season By far not the fastest center-half, Ćorluka’s reading of the game and his leadership is what makes him such a key asset in Lokomotiv’s game. With 103 caps for Croatia, Ćorluka’s experience will be invaluable for the Russian side, and his ability to lead the team defensively will make the difference between an unlikely success or another early exit from the group stage.
Verdict: fourth place
If Lokomotiv had managed to keep their hands on their offensive talent Miranchuk and maintain the partnership between Howedes and Ćorluka for another season, then perhaps Loko could be seen moving one of the top teams in Group A.
However, with Miranchuk leaving for Italy and Höwedes retiring, Moscow does not have enough to overcome a challenge in Group A
On top of that, an injury suffered by club captain Ćorluka means he could likely miss his opening game against RB Salzburg, a game they need to get something if they want to at least save a place. in the round of 16 of the Europa League
RB Salzburg (Austria)
Matchday 3 03/11/2020 (H) VS Bayern
Matchday 4 11/25/2020 (A) VS Bayern
Having bowed out in the preliminary qualifying rounds in 15 previous attempts (yes 15!), RB Salzburg finally reached the Champions League group stage last season. There they dazzled the fans, with their energetic style of play, where they scored 15 goals in 6 games and gave the defending champions Liverpool an eventful period in their 4-3 loss at Anfield. Now in their second season, the 7-time Austrian Bundesliga champions look to go further and advance to the knockout stages
While the staff have changed a lot in Salzburg, their style of play under US coach Jesse March hasn’t changed, with equally thrilling vertical play based on moments of transition and pressing triggers back to the fore again. the philosophy of Red Bull Ultimately that’s the Austrian’s major strength: his ability to win the ball high up the pitch and quickly turn opposition mistakes into scoring chances Under Jesse March, Salzburg pushes his entire squad high on opponents, challenging second balls and pouncing on opponent’s mistakes to create chances on goal in seconds
This style of play is of course facilitated by the talent on display at Red Bull Salzburg, with countless future world drummers on display at the Austrian club. The likes of Patson Daka (22) and Sekou Keita (20) currently lead the Austrian Bundesliga in goals scored, with 5 and 4 goals each in the 4 games Salzburg have played Along with the two African forwards, a new future celebrity is on display in the midfield, with Hungarian Dominik Szoboszlai (19) pulling the strings in the attacking midfielder Tied with Arsenal and RB Leipzig in the final window, Szoboszlai gives Salzburg an option to control possession and create chances by probing the patient on the back line of defenses
Just as RB Salzburg’s energetic vertical play can be their strength, so can the club’s downfall. Salzburg are plagued by their attachment to their identity and style of play, which means they don’t want to adapt to the opposition While they are once again able to put on brilliant offensive displays like the one shown against Liverpool, they are susceptible defensively against teams with a level of attacking talent that can bypass their press.
This brings us to the second point, namely the lack of top-level competition available on a weekly basis for RB Salzburg Although testifying to the quality of RB Salzburg in the ability to win the Bundesliga in each of the previous 7 seasons, it also shows that there is not enough quality in the division to truly reproduce the level of the opponents we face in the Champions League If Salzburg fail to strike a balance between their attacking mentality that turns out to be so successful and their defensive maturity against Bayern quality sides, then we could be in for another scoring festival this season in either direction.
Key player: Dominik Szoboszlai
Dominik Szoboszlai is RB Salzburg’s next big talent The Hungarian international was a shoe for RB Salzburg’s Player of the Year award last season, with 9 goals and 14 assists in 27 Bundesliga games A silky dribbler with flair and elegance in his movements with the ball, Szoboszlai will be key to Salzburg’s success this season, due to his ability to dictate the course of the game in possession. Specifically against Lokomotiv Moscow, where RB Salzburg will be tasked with controlling the game, Szoboszlai’s ability to unlock the compact Russian defense will be key to swinging the tie in favor of the Austrian.
Verdict: third place
Salzburg are once again a team to watch in this season’s Champions League, and to support him neutral an exciting young outfit to take in hand It must be remembered however how inexperienced some of these players are and how much they are rarely tested against top teams like Bayern and Atletico Madrid In the end, we believe it won’t be enough for RB Salzburg to advance to the round of 16, but an upset is certainly not to be ruled out, with Jesse March still prepared with an ace up his sleeve.
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