March 22, 2018

Jupp Heynckes praises Thomas Muller performance against Besiktas

22 February 2018, 10:04 | Randolph Howard

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"It's a pity because I'm very proud of the players for the game and they followed what we prepared and planned".

Bayern made a bright start when Coman's curling shot forced Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri into a save on nine minutes, Joshua Kimmich's free-kick then headed wide by Arturo Vidal. I have a lot of very good players and have to do what is right. Roma's story is considerably different; though the Italian club is still one of the top clubs in Italy, they are considerably behind both Napoli and Juventus in the Serie A table.

In fact, his record at home is impeccable.

But Heynckes remains wary of of Turkish side Besiktas and is keen for complacency not to be their undoing.

Heynckes' side were unbeaten in the previous 61 competitive matches in which the 28-year-old Germany worldwide has scored.

That was the case for Besiktas, which shocked Europe when they won their Champions League group in the fall.

So to say this evening was historic is an understatement.

After Domagoj Vida's 16th minute dismissal for a professional foul on Robert Lewandowski, the game had stopped being an even contest.

Besiktas head coach Senol Gunes said his team plan to take the game to Bayern and are comfortable being underdogs.

This is the only tie in the Round of 16 this season to feature two reigning domestic champions.

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And the signs were ominous as soon as Muller had given Jupp Heynckes' side the lead before the end of the first half. But you could also stack Lewa with either James or Mueller and try to get exposure to all of Bayern's goals, although you'll be pinching pennies elsewhere.

Since a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach back on November 25, Bayern have reeled off 13 consecutive wins.

Bayern Munich are overwhelming favourites to win this first leg (1/8) and the tie overall (1/10). Robert Lewandowski has already racked up 20 league goals, Thomas Muller is back to his marauding best, and midfield warrior Arturo Vidal (who worked with Heynckes at Leverkusen) has responded to Heynckes' suggestion that he wasn't fit or influential enough.

Of course, his primary focus is goalscoring, that's what he's essentially paid to do.

"I'm not thinking about that at all at the moment", Lewandowski said.

"I'm a Bayern player and I want to give everything here".

Besiktas didn't take up its allocation of away tickets for the game for fear of a ban following fan-trouble at Lyon in the Europa League last season, but many visiting supporters nevertheless managed to get tickets to cheer on their side.

If the Turkish champions are to continue on their European adventure then GuneĊŸ' charges must eclipse Barcelona's historic achievement from a year ago. On Tuesday, the Besiktas boss will be without as many as four first-team players due to various short-to-long-term injuries.

Paris Saint-Germain, after brushing Luis Enrique's men 4-0 at the Parc des Princes at this stage, must have been looking forward to their quarter-final draw. "We go back to the Camp Nou happy".

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