Bayern Munich had one of their best outings in the group stages en route to qualification for the knockout stages in the Champions League. They won 6 out of 6 matches for the first time, were the most prolific away scoring team with 16 goals, and they also recorded the second-highest number of goals in the group stages ever with 24 total goals. The draw for the knockout stages approaches this Monday and Bayern could possibly face Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, SSC Napoli, Olympique Lyon, Atalanta, or Chelsea.
While the potential opponents for Bayern in the round of 16 vary, Joshua Kimmich is fully confident his side can beat whoever is put in front of them from here on out in the knockout stages of the competition. If Bayern is at their best on any given match day, he said, they’ll be favorites to win (Bundesliga.com):
There are definitely one or two illustrious opponents in there, but no matter who we get, we will be favourites to win it, if we’re in our normal condition. What’s more important now is that we don’t throw away any more points in the Bundesliga, as we have done in recent weeks.
Of course, Bayern got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with an emphatic 6-1 win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena, but face a tough test midweek against SC Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. Fortunately for Bayern, too, Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg this match week means that there’s still only 6 points that separates Bayern (4th place) from first-placed RB Leipzig.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed Kimmich’s confidence moving forward in the Champions League, saying that everyone should take note of how well they performed in the group stages:
When you put together such a run in Europe, then people sit up and take note. We know we’ve got some big challenges ahead and we want to take this momentum with us.
The draw for the knockout stages takes place tomorrow, December 16th at 12pm CET (6am EST) in Nyon, Switzerland (UEFA headquarters). Be sure to check BFW for live reactions to the draw.