Former Liverpool defender Nicol labels Bayern performance ‘atrocious’

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Sure, the team still has a chance to win both the Bundesliga and the German Cup, but Wednesday's 3-1 loss in the Champions League showed that Bayern is a club in decline.

Robert Lewandowski was critical of Niko Kovac's "defensive" tactics in Bayern Munich's 3-1 aggregate Champions League defeat to Liverpool. I think we played very well, we knew how to have a good time in the game, when we had to slow a bit more, keep the ball a little more, we knew how to do it.

"I was alone sometimes and I didn't have help, I couldn't do something and it was very hard", he said. If you're alone against two or three good players, it's hard. Look at Manchester City, they are not [just] going for the title or the Champions League.

"We didn't risk so much", said Lewandowski, Bayern's main scoring threat.

Whether he was joking or not, it's fair to suggest that Juventus knew exactly what they getting when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

"To score that [first] goal is obviously a big blow for them because they have to score two and for us we were then unlucky to concede the equaliser, but the second half was outstanding".

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Mane was a thorn in the Bavarians' side for most of the night, and his first goal was of the highest quality.

There's an argument to be made that Van Dijk is the best centre-back in the world right now and he received huge praise from manager Jurgen Klopp after the game. He was involved in the goal of Bayern as well, so what a night. Liverpool got precisely what they paid for: the best.

"We lacked the courage to cause problems for the opponents' defense", Bayern defender Mats Hummels said.

"But we kept them as often as possible away from our goal".

Bayern and Dortmund are now joint top of the Bundesliga table, with 57 points amassed from their allotted 25 games. "But it has been a top league and there haven't been that many teams (in the latter stages) of this one".

The 27-year-old was imperious in defence, too.

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