CL: Bayern Munich as good like before, says Atletico Madrid's Griezmann
Griezmann insists Bayern are no more a dominant force ahead of Atletico’s visit to Munich as the Spaniards aim to end group campaign on perfect note
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. pic/Getty Images
Berlin: Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann says that Bayern Munich have lost a bit of their fear factor as his side prepare to visit the Allianz Arena tonight.
The Spanish side knocked Bayern out of the Champions League in the semi-finals last season and a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture has helped them wrap up top spot in their group ahead of tonight’s trip to Munich.
Their aim will be to end their group campaign with a perfect record of six wins out of six, and Griezmann believes that is not out of the question.
“Bayern Munich are technically no longer as good as they were under Pep Guardiola,” Griezmann said.
The 25-year-old, who is on the shortlist for the world’s best footballer of 2016, does not believe it will be a walk in the park for his team, however.
While Bayern may not have the quality they had under Guardiola — in Griezmann’s eyes — they have greater depth to their game than they did under the Catalan. “They have become dangerous in a different way and are perhaps even harder to fathom now,” said the Frenchman. “They come at you down the right, the left and through the middle, and that makes it hard to defend against them,” he said.
Specially against Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, even if the latter has yet to score in the Bundesliga this season. “Lewandowski’s a monster in front of goal,” Griezmann said. “And Muller’s a top player who I really enjoy watching. We will do all we can to get a draw or even a win there. I would take a nice draw, let’s say a 1-1,” he added.
While Bayern are already resigned to finishing second behind the Spaniards, they will nevertheless be keen to end the group phase by gaining a bit of revenge against the side who ended their title dreams prematurely last term.
The Bavarians have been beaten only twice at home to Spanish teams, winning 17 and drawing five. Their overall record against Spanish sides is positive, although they have lost five of their last seven meetings with Iberian clubs.
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