Lazio host Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. Bayern are one of the favorites to win the tournament but head to Italy dealing with a host of injuries perhaps opening the door for Lazio to steal a surprise result. You can watch all of the Champions League on demand on CBS All Access.
Bayern Munich are back in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday, taking on Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on CBS All Access. The match brings two prolific strikers together on the continental stage. The current titleholders boast Robert Lewandowski and his 29 goals and six assists across the Bundesliga and Champions League while the Italian hosts have the talismanic Ciro Immobile who is on 19 Serie A and Champions League goals combined. Lewandowski sat down exclusively with CBS to talk about preparing for Lazio and Immobile and chasing back-to-back Champions League titles.
To see more from Lewandowski make sure to check out the UEFA Champions League pregame show on CBS All Access, or for an extended version check out the UEFA Champions League on CBS YouTube channel.
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The Poland international, 32, has scored 10 more times than his Italian counterpart but that is to be expected when playing for the current German, European and now FIFA Club World Cup champions after their recent victory over Tigres UANL. Immobile, 31, has helped the Biancocelesti up to sixth position in Serie A to put the top four with UCL qualification within reach for Simone Inzaghi’s men after a slow start to the season which finally picked up at the start of 2021.
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Both players share a Borussia Dortmund link in their past and Lewandowski told CBS Sports exclusively that he rates the Azzurri hitman as one of the best players in the Italian top-flight as the two prepare to do battle in Rome.
“For sure, he is one of the best players in Serie A now,” he said. “He can and does score a lot of goals for Lazio. He is perhaps their most important player and not only for his goals, but also his quality and skill. We know that for us, as Bayern, we have to show our best. If we focus on ourselves, we will be ready to beat Lazio.”
Immobile and Lazio are not Lewandowski and Bayern’s only threat, though, as Hansi Flick’s men have gone through a bumpy patch of late that has seen them draw 3-3 at home with Arminia Bielefeld and lose 2-1 away at Eintracht Frankfurt since their return from CWC duty in Qatar. The Pole admitted self-focus is as important as knowing your opponent thoroughly now every possible trophy is in hand and believes that placing greater emphasis on their own performances rather than those of others will return the team to their formidable best — starting with Lazio.
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Lazio vs. Bayern Munich (3 p.m. ET)The lineups are in for today’s Champions League match between Lazio and Bayern Munich (you can watch all the Champions League action today and for the rest of the tournament on CBS All Access). As expected players Felipe Caicedo didn’t make the starting 11 but could play the role of impact player off the bench for Lazio, and Boating makes his return to the lineup after a brief absence due a personal issue. You can check out the complete lineups below and for more coverage of the match be sure to check out our live blog.