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James Rodriguez tips Bayern Munich to win the Champions League

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James has been a big part of what this Bayern team has to be confident about.

FSV Mainz v Bayern Munchen - German Bundesliga Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images

James Rodriguez has confidence in high supply at Bayern Munich. The Colombian international is backing his side to make a strong run to the Champions League final. Speaking to SportBild (via Bundesliga.com), the midfielder expressed his conviction in the team:

Bayern is my favorite to win the Champions League. We have a super team with top players. Why shouldn’t we win the Champions League?

James Rodriguez has without a doubt been one of the most improved players in the Bayern Munich squad since Jupp Heynckes took charge. Since then James has cut a reinvigorated figure and has now tallied 4 goals and 8 assists across competitions, the majority of which have come after Heynckes’s appointment.

Justified confidence

With a record of 20 wins from 21 matches under Heynckes, Bayern are well within their rights to feel confident heading into the round of 16 of the Champions League. First off, they’ll host Besiktas at the Allianz Arena next week, with the return leg set to take place in Turkey on March 14th.

Though Bayern’s statistics from the group stages weren’t as strong as they would’ve liked, there are plenty of encouraging signs in their outings under Heynckes. Their overall record during the group phase was 5 wins and 1 loss, and they recorded 4 consecutive wins after Ancelotti was sacked, including an impressive 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Arena, although it did prove to be only a consolation.

It’s still a long road to Kiev for this year’s Champions League final, but with the form Bayern Munich are in, there are certainly quite a few people who are as confident as James, justifiably so. Hopefully, Heynckes’s “smash hit” will be an integral part of getting Bayern through to the next round and beyond.

More of this please, Jimmy: