Witeczek warns Bayern of Juve's defensive strength

The former Roten man feels his old club will prevail against the Bianconeri but has warned of the Italians’ tactical astuteness

By Tim Rohn

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Witeczek is expecting the Bavarians to overcome Juventus on Tuesday, but feels the Bianconeri will pose Jupp Heynckes’ side problems.

The 44-year-old spent four years at the club during the mid-1990s, and while he remembers several tough games against Serie A teams, he expects his old club to prevail.

“I can remember difficult games against Italian sides from my time at Bayern Munich,” he told Goal.com.

“They are teams who work very well tactically and defensively, but also have a lot to offer going forward. This also applies to the current Juve team.

“Bayern are 60 per cent favourites for this match. They play better football. However, they should not underestimate Juventus.

“A first-leg win and a two-goal advantage would be important as the second leg in Turin will be tough.”

Bayern are running away with the Bundesliga this season and have reached two of the last three Champions League finals, and Witeczek is impressed with the Roten‘s progress.

“The current Bayern team have played on a very high level internationally over the last two or three years, which they’ve shown by reaching the final last year.

“This year, the experience fighting for the Champions League title could play into their hands.”

And the former West Germany Under-21 international feels the winners of the competition will be from either La Liga or Bundesliga.

“For me, both German and the Spanish teams are favourites for the title, namely Dortmund, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid,” he added.

“If they play each other, their form on the day will be decisive. All four of these teams have outstanding players who are capable of deciding matches on their own.

“I’m not surprised by Dortmund’s strong displays in  the Champions League this season. They have gained experience and matured. They stopped walking into traps as they did last term.

“Their performances in the group stage have shown that they can surprise any opponent.”

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