Former Lazio forward Karl-Heinze Riedle discussed tomorrow’s Champions League Round of 16 match against Bayern Munich in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Radiosei (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today.
Bayern are not unbeatable, they are in a bit of a crisis right now due to the absence of players, but they can be beaten.
Lazio are having a strong season, one point away from the Champions League spots, there’s a good chance to win.
Bayern lost in Frankfurt, they’re a good team but if you have confidence and courage you can do it. You have to face them and keep them up, if you let them play it’s difficult.
Borussia Dortmund were surprised by Lazio’s strength in that first game, against Bayern Lazio must play like that to have a chance of beating them, you must have courage and you must not be shy.
The 55-year-old German looked at individual players on both teams.
For Immobile it was difficult here in Germany, at that moment Dortmund still had many problems and despite him being a great striker it didn’t go well. Correa is also a very good player.
Bayern are not playing well defensively at the moment but they are very strong up front, especially with Lewandowski. Neuer is the best goalkeeper in the world but he hasn’t been 100%, especially in the last game against Eintracht.
Tolisso is injured and he was also important. It depends on the day but Bayern are always strong, they’ve been playing at this level for many years and they’re used to being ready when it counts.
Who do I like in Lazio? Milinkovic-Savic is also very strong, I also heard that Lulic is back and that’s important. I also like Luis Alberto and Leiva a lot.
The former Biancocelesti and Borussia Dortmund forward remembered football legend Diego Maradona.
I was very sad when he passed away because I played against Maradona a couple of times and he was always my idol, I was in love with him as a player and I remember a couple of good games between Lazio and Napoli as opponents.
He had some problems after football, so it wasn’t a surprise that he passed away like that.
He spoke about the Covid-19 situation in Germany currently.
The moment in Germany is very hard, with this damn Covid we are all always locked in the house. We hope that the situation will slowly improve.
Today the schools opened, we have to be careful as it happens also in Italy.
Finally, Riedle gave some memories of his time in Italy with the Biancocelesti.
There are many cold Germans but I’m not like that. The three years at Lazio were spectacular for me, an incredible period in which all the great champions were in Italy.
Rome gave me a lot, it’s a beautiful city, all the Lazio fans loved me and I got on great in Italy. I often come to Rome or Sardinia for my holidays, I feel half Italian and half German.