FC Bayern Munich is currently deemed by many as the favorites to once again lift the UEFA Champions League trophy this season. But the club’s journey to a possible repeat will begin against Lazio in the Round of 16. Lazio recently came away undefeated against Borussia Dortmund in Champions League group stage play, so the club is well familiar with going up with German teams.

Bayern manager Hansi Flick has watched Lazio and is very much looking ahead to this upcoming tie. He spoke about his early impressions of the Biancocelesti in comments relayed by the Italian-based outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

We are happy with the draw. It is never easy to play against Italian teams. It will obviously be a special match for Miro [Klose]. It will be an exciting duel. We saw their matches in the group stage and made a first impression.

Lazio’s performances against Dortmund was key in the team’s qualification into the Champions League knockout stage. But this upcoming test for Lazio against Bayern is expected to be an even more arduous challenge. As mentioned, Bayern is projected as one of the top favorites in the tournament this season.