A deflated Bayern Munich visit Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico for the first leg of their clash in the UEFA Champions League, hoping to avoid suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a year.
What TV Channel is Lazio-Bayern Munich on?
A deflated Bayern travel to Lazio in the hopes of giving their Champions League title defense a boost, with Galavision broadcasting their first-leg trip to Rome from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Lazio vs. Bayern Munich
When: Tuesday, February 23
Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Lazio have won eight of their last 10 games and were back in victory lane after beating Sampdoria 1-0 on Saturday. Biancocelesti coach Simone Inzaghi told Sky after that result (h/t Get Football News Italy) that titleholders Bayern were “the last team we would have liked to draw” in the round of 16, describing their task of progressing in Europe as “a mountain to climb.”
The reigning kings of Europe have looked more vulnerable on their throne of late and suffered their third league loss of the season over the weekend, a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt:
Failure to beat Lazio in midweek would see Die Roten go three games without a win for the first time since October 2018. Bayern make their 13th consecutive appearance in the Champions League’s last 16 and have advanced to at least the quarterfinals in all but two of those, while Le Aquile are back in the knockout stage for the first time since 2000.
Inter Milan were responsible for Bayern’s exit on two occasions across their 12-year run in the knockout stage, but Lazio—currently fourth in Serie A—hope recent developments prise open the odds in their favor. This fixture features a head-to-head between two of Europe’s best goalscorers, with former Borussia Dortmund attacker Ciro Immobile looking to prove himself opposite Robert Lewandowski.
Immobile (19 goals in 26 games this season) made his Dortmund debut in a 2-0 DFL-Supercup win over Bayern in 2014 but failed to appear in either league meetings with the German giants. He’s shown far superior form since returning to his native Italy in 2016 and will hope to mark this matchup in style only three days after celebrating his 31st birthday:
Leroy Sane set up Lewandowski (31 goals in 30 games this term) for a consolation in Bayern’s defeat to Eintracht on Saturday, when the numerous absentees in Hansi Flick’s squad were sorely missed. Thomas Muller and Benjamin Pavard will play no role in Rome after each tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in February, but there is positive news that Serge Gnabry has a chance of returning following a thigh injury:
Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha will miss out for Lazio, as do defenders Luiz Felipe and Stefan Radu, while Andreas Pereira will be assessed closer to kick-off following illness.
Bayern have memories both good and bad from their previous visits to the Stadio Olimpico, though this will be their first time facing Lazio in any competition. It was at this venue that Die Roten were on the losing end of a 3-2 comeback against AS Roma during the 2010-11 Champions League group stage, returning the favor with a 7-1 thrashing four seasons later.
Lazio’s odds of scoring an upset look as promising as they ever will after seeing Bayern concede five goals in their last two outings, but those disappointments may also make Flick’s flock a more dangerous threat in turn.