A 4-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen on Friday helped relieve a portion of the mounting pressure on Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann, some of which the German described as ‘crazy’. An emphatic display helped Bayern end a four-game winless streak in the Bundesliga, though form in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) hasn’t been an issue for the six time UCL winners, with just one defeat in their last 13 games (W10, D2).
Having already secured 2-0 victories against both Inter Milan and Barcelona this campaign, success in this fixture would essentially put one foot into the knockout stages for Bayern. That seems to be well within the realms of possibility too, with Die Roten winning both previous H2Hs against Viktoria Plzeň alongside claiming victory in 12 successive home UCL group stage games.
It’s getting towards the now or never stage for Viktoria Plzeň in this group of death after losing both of their opening games and conceding seven goals in the process. Their only previous visit to the Allianz Arena isn’t exactly a source of confidence either, with the Czech champions on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing, part of a run of five defeats from six against German opposition (D1).
Michal Bílek’s side will need to translate their stellar domestic form if they are to perform a minor footballing miracle in Munich. A run of 31 games without defeat in the Czech Liga (W22, D9) secured Plzeň the title last year and has helped see them go top of the league after nine games this term. An away win here would certainly make history, but even a repeat of their 1–1 domestic draw against Bohemians 1905 at the weekend would be deemed a success.
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