Robert Lewandowski, Alphonso Davies, and their illustrious teammates should give Bayern Munich more than enough quality to see off the challenge of Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League. bundesliga.com has the specifics...
1) Unstoppable Lewandowski
It’s no secret that Lewandowski is a goal machine. He scores almost wherever and whenever he wants. In his 69 Champions League appearances for Bayern, he’s scored 58 goals. The latest two of those strikes came in Bayern’s Champions League curtain-raiser in the Nou Camp against Barcelona. You can bet that Lewandowski will be keen to maintain that better-than-a-goal-a-game record as long as he can, and looking to get back to putting them away, having taken a break from goalscoring for the first time this season in Bayern’s 3-1 victory over Greuther Fürth on Friday evening.
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2) Alphonso Davies, master of the left flank
Dynamo's main attacking threat comes down the right wing and is named Viktor Tsyhankov. The winger has scored seven goals already this season and is clearly the Ukrainian side’s danger man. However, when Dynamo visit Munich, they will come up against a defence featuring perhaps the best left-back in Europe. Davies has improved leaps and bounds during his time in Munich and has been ever-present for Bayern this season. In his last run-out against Fürth, the Canadian set up Thomas Müller to open the scoring, his third assist of the year. Whether he is deployed as a classic left-back or in a more advanced role, as against Fürth, Davies will play a huge role in nullifying Dynamo’s attack, and his blistering pace means the visitors will think twice before committing too many players forward.
3) Legendary supporting cast
Lewandowski is not the only Bayern player boasting impressive Champions League credentials. The Poland international's partner-in-crime in the Bayern attack, Müller, has played in 125 Champions League matches, group stage to final – more appearances than any other German in the competition. In those appearances, Müller has scored 49 goals, his latest also coming against Barcelona. At the back, another legend is putting up impressive career numbers. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is set to make his 99th Champions League appearance as a Bayern player. In that near-century of appearances, he has kept 41 clean sheets.
Watch: Thomas Müller helped Bayern down Fürth on Friday
4) Bayern on a roll
The record champions have scored 41 goals across nine competitive games this season alone. While they may be the high-flyers in Ukraine, Kyiv cannot match Bayern’s all-conquering dominance and goalscoring power. In their 11 competitive matches this season, Dynamo have found the net only 25 times. It’s tough to see the goals drying up for Bayern, and the visitors will have to find another level if they plan to breach the defences in the Allianz Arena. Given that Dynamo have lost their last four trips to Munich, it seems unlikely that Wednesday night will see a reversal of fortune.
5) Record after record after record
Winning the Champions League entitles a club to crown themselves Kings of Europe for one year. Bayern stand an excellent chance of doing that come May, but they already hold a distinction that puts them above all other clubs on the continent: Bayern have scored at least once in their last 80 competitive matches - an ongoing European record. When you consider that the Allianz Arena has already seen 15 goals in just three matches this season, it looks nearly certain that Bayern will extend that scoring run to at least 81 games.