Home advantage for Bayern
FC Bayern and Ajax cross swords for the ninth time on Tuesday evening, and home strength has always been a crucial factor in their clashes so far. The home side won six of the eight previous encounters, three victories for each side, with two games ending in a draw. The away team have yet to win in the encounter. fcbayern.comhas delved into the facts and stats prior to the match.
No home defeat against Dutch teams
FC Bayern have a strong home record, and not only against Ajax. The German record champions have never lost a home match against a Dutch side. Bayern have won all of the four previous encounters, most recently a 4-1 victory over PSV Eindhoven in last season's Champions League group stage. Ajax are the last *Eredivisie*side that did not leave the pitch in Munich beaten. The club, coached by Louis van Gaal back then, held Bayern to a goalless draw at Munich's Olympic Stadium in the 1994/95 semi-finals.
Home debut for Niko Kovac
Niko Kovac got off to a successful start to the Champions League, Bayern beating Benfica 2-0. Tuesday's match will be the first Champions League home match for the 46-year-old. His predecessors' records are positive. The three last Bayern coaches won their CL home debut in the FCB dugout, keeping a clean sheet. Carlo Ancelotti oversaw the 5-0 victory over FC Rostov, Pep Guardiola coaching Bayern when they downed CSKA Moscow 3-0, with Jupp Heynckes in charge in the 2-0 victory over Manchester City. One FCB coach enjoyed a successful home debut against Ajax. Felix Magath coached Bayern when they beat the Dutch record champions 4-0 in September 2004, today's FCB sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic wearing Bayern colours back then.
Robben's first goal as a pro
The encounter with his compatriots will be special for Arjen Robben. The forward has fond memories of Ajax. Robben scored his first goal as a pro in FC Groningen's 3-3 draw with Ajax on 11 March 2001, at the tender age of 17. We all know Robben has scored a couple more goals in his career, and maybe he will add to his tally on Tuesday, 2,750 days after his first goal.