Bayern can overcome adversity to shatter Porto’s dreams
Bayern Munich went into the first leg of the quarter-final against Porto as our Champions League favourites but they came out of the game with their future in the competition hanging by a thread.
Little went right for the five-times European champions in the Estadio do Dragao. Pep Guardiola’s side were uncharacteristically sloppy in defence and looked short of ideas up front and the Bavarians now have a mountain to climb if they are to reach the last four, the only consolation in Portugal being Thiago’s away goal.
Guardiola will have to shuffle his pack again ahead of the second leg as he’ll be missing Arjen Robben, Mehdi Benatia, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and Tom Starke. Franck Ribery is also losing his race against time to be fit while Philipp Lahm missed Saturday’s win over Hoffenheim. Bastian Schweinsteiger is also a doubt but you can never write off Bayern in European competition and Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller will still pose plenty of problems for Porto.
Bayern have won both previous quarter-finals against Porto and we are likely to see an entirely different team this week to the one that surrendered so meekly in Portugal. An early Bayern goal would certainly get the Allianz rocking and would put Porto under all kinds of pressure. They aren’t accustomed to playing on the back foot so it’s difficult to know how they’d react and the German champions can turn the tie on its head with a victory at 4/11. A 2-0 correct score would be enough to see them through after that away goal in the first leg and is on offer at 27/5.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, April 21 at the Allianz Arena.