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Bayern Munich return to the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, facing Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the first leg of their round of 16 on CBS All Access The game brings together two prolific strikers on the continental stage. current ones boast of Robert Lewandowski and his 29 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga and Champions League, while the Italian hosts have the talismanic Ciro Immobile who has 19 goals in Serie A and Champions League combined Lewandowski sat down exclusively with CBS to talk about Lazio and Immobile preparation and the pursuit of back-to-back Champions League titles

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The Poland international, 32, has scored 10 times more than his Italian counterpart, but that is to be expected while playing for the German, European and now FIFA Club World Cup champions after their recent victory over Tigres UANL Immobile, 31, helped the Biancocelesti climb to sixth position in Serie A to put the top four with UCL qualification within reach of Simone Inzaghi’s men after a slow start to the season that finally resumed in early 2021

Both players share a connection to Borussia Dortmund in their past, and Lewandowski told CBS Sports exclusively that he considers hitman Azzurri one of the best players in Italy’s top flight as the two were preparing to fight in Rome

“He is for sure one of the best players in Serie A now,” he said “He can score and scores a lot of goals for Lazio. He may be their player. more important and not just for his goals, but also for his quality and skills 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, as Hansi Flick’s men have been going through a bumpy period lately which has seen them draw 3-3 at home with Arminia Bielefeld and lose 2-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt since returning from CWC service to Qatar The Pole admitted that self-focus is as important as knowing your opponent well now that all possible trophies are in hand and believes that more emphasis is placed on their own performances rather than on those of others will bring the team back to their formidable best – starting with Lazio

“In the Champions League, it doesn’t matter who you play against,” Lewandowski said exclusively to CBS “The most important thing is the way you play We know we have pretty good players and staff – we are pretty good as a team If we show our normal level of performance and ability we can win this match

“However, we have immense respect for Lazio because of what they did last season and what they are doing this time around. They had a few issues this time around, but they are always dangerous That’s why we have to be ready from the first minute of the first step “

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Lewandowski also praised Flick’s meticulous approach to matches and the balance between talented young players and experienced personalities still in their prime, stressing that both factors are key to Bayern’s insatiable appetite for success

“During games our minds are open,” CBS said. “If we see that there are weaknesses, we have to make changes to be better and it may be easier to play to have more opportunities and create a new situation It’s in our mentality to always want more and more No matter who we play against, how long we have been playing or what part of the game, we are always forward thinking and try to score at new

“We have very young players, but also a few with experience – a little older, but not too old I think it’s the perfect mix because our mentality is always positive, thinking what more to do and how to shoot more often With Hansi’s training session we go through everything in our games – good or bad We can change and try to make things better in the next matches

“For us, it doesn’t matter what we’ve already won Of course we’re happy about that, but those of us who have been playing for a while know that you can’t dwell on what you’ve done – this is what you need to do now It’s the difference with our mentality “

Lewandowski and his Bayern teammates are hoping that this same mentality will manifest itself at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday and allow them to quickly take a solid lead in one of the most enticing Champions League round of 16 of this edition The shootout between two of the continent’s most feared goal machines promises not to disappoint

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