Run at home and Sane’s form
Sat, 01/10/22, 10:30
5 facts on the Champions League home game against Viktoria Plzen
Having opened their Champions League group campaign with two wins, Bayern can take a big step towards the knockout stage when they host Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday. Find out which stats and facts are relevant for the clash between the German and Czech champions, and which record Julian Nagelsmann’s men are out to defend in the Champions League.
1. Fortress Munich
Bayern have won each of their last 12 games at home in the Champions League group stage. In fact, they haven’t been beaten at the Allianz Arena at this stage of the competition the since a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City in the final game of 2013/14. It means the Reds have picked up 73 of a possible 75 points in group matches since their last loss (W24, D1).
2. Only wins against Plzen
FCB have won all four of their previous European encounters with Plzen. Two of those came in the 1971/72 European Cup Winners’ Cup, with the other two in the 2013/14 Champions League group stage. Bayern have scored at least five goals in both home games with the Czech club, registering a 6-1 win in Munich in September 1971 and 5-0 at the Allianz Arena in October 2013.
3. Strong record against Czech clubs
As well as those four encounters with Viktoria, Bayern have faced three other Czech teams in Europe. Those were against Banik Ostrava, Sparta Prague and Bohemians. FCB have won nine of those games, plus two draws. The only Czech victory was by Ostrava in the 1976/77 European Cup round of 16 first leg (2-1). Bayern made up for that back in Munich with a 5-0 win to progress to the next round.
4. Sane in great Champions League form
Leroy Sane loves the Champions League. The 26-year-old has been directly involved in 14 goals (eight scored, six assisted) in his last 11 starts in the competition. He’s struck in both games so far this season and could become just the second Bayern player, after Robert Lewandowski in 2019/20 and 2021/22, to score in the first three group games of a Champions League campaign. He would also become the first German player since Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 1980/81 to achieve the feat in the European Cup/Champions League.
5. Traditional strong start
Victory against Plzen would see Bayern open a Champions League group stage with three wins for the fourth year in a row. The Reds in fact didn’t even concede in the first three games of last season, which is a feat they could repeat this year after the 2-0 wins at Inter Milan and at home to Barcelona.
Jamal Musiala was in blistering form on Friday against Bayer Leverkusen: