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Wednesday’s Champions League Review: Viva La Franck!

He’s Absolutely Terrifying, But What He Lacks In Appearance He Makes Up For With Skill.

Bayern Munich were always going to be expected to beat FC Basel, especially at home, and they did just that. Thomas Kraft started in goal for the home side and he was called to action on a number of occasions but performed very admirably. Louis van Gaal will be delighted with his side’s performance, but he will know that they must quickly turn their focus to the weekend where three points are a must.

Franck Ribery put his side in control after a nervy start thanks to some very determined play down the left by Diego Contento. Anatoliy Tymoschuk, who started in the center of defense next to Breno, put the hosts two to the good from a corner kick. Thomas Mueller sped down the right during a fast break and fed the ball into the 18-yard box where an on-rushing Franck Ribery was on hand to make it three.

It’s the kind of performance Bayern Munich fans will have wanted to see from their side, but it’s their ability to play like this away from home that will make or break them this season. Still, they can head into the round of sixteen with their heads held high.

The draw for the round of sixteen, which takes place on the 17th of December, could throw up some really big matches. Bayern Munich could be drawn against any one of the following teams: Inter, Olympique Lyon, Valencia, FC Copenhagen, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan or Arsenal. There are definitely going to be some epic ties, but Bayern Munich will be hoping for one of the smaller sides to ensure a quick passage into the quarter finals so that they can pay a bit more attention to getting their domestic campaign back on track.

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