Lahm: ‘It’s 180 minutes’

Philipp Lahm warned Bayern Munich and Juventus to remember “it’s a clash over 180 minutes.”

The first leg in the Champions League Round of 16 kicks off on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT.

“Obviously there are easier opponents than Juventus, as these are two teams at the top level of European football and it’s wonderful to play in this atmosphere,” noted Lahm.

“The great thing about the Champions League is getting to face tough challenges. I am happy, as are all the fans who will watch the game.

Philipp Lahm warned Bayern Munich and Juventus to remember “it’s a clash over 180 minutes.”

The first leg in the Champions League Round of 16 kicks off on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT.

“Obviously there are easier opponents than Juventus, as these are two teams at the top level of European football and it’s wonderful to play in this atmosphere,” noted Lahm.

“The great thing about the Champions League is getting to face tough challenges. I am happy, as are all the fans who will watch the game.

“Naturally it was clear since the draw that this would be difficult anyway, regardless of our injuries. Juve reached the Final last season, so we know what we’re going into and their negative run at the start of the season was irrelevant.

“Naturally now their positive streak in Serie A is making it more complicated for us, but the Champions League is a different competition.

“It’s a pity to have these injuries, but we can’t change anything, so we just have to deal with the situation. The Coach must try to put together the best line-up.

“It’ll be important to defend on set plays and force every Juve player to do the extra work helping out in defence.

“Let us not forget there’s another 90 minutes to play in Munich next month, so it’s not a single game. We must keep that in mind, it’s a clash over 180 minutes, so even if we lose there’s still the chance to make up for it and go through.

“We have to go out there and aim for the best result.”

Pep Guardiola announced his decision to join Manchester City next season, so could that affect Bayern’s form?

“I don’t think it’ll have a big influence on the team, as we are all concentrated on what matters right now and over the next few weeks. We’ll try to give our Coach the best possible salute.

“This was the situation with Jupp Heynckes and we won it all with him.”

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