UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich vs. Fiorentina
German giants Bayern Munich and Italian side Fiorentina collide in the UEFA Champions League tonight (20:45 CET) with the Bundesliga club firm favorites to progress to the last eight.
The Bavarians go into their round of 16 first leg clash against Cesare Prandelli’s men brimming with confidence after 12 consecutive wins in all competitions. And they are certainly in scoring form, having netted 20 times in their six matches since the winter break.
Fiorentina, on the other hand, has stuttered in Serie A since winning Group E. The Gigliati have not tasted victory in six matches and face a battle to regain their CL qualifying spot.
They were outclassed 2-0 by Sampdoria on Saturday, and have dropped to 11th in the standings—one of the most difficult moments in the long reign of coach Prandelli.
Fiorentina will be without Alessandro Gamberini, who underwent shoulder surgery this week, while Mauro Santana is sidelined for three weeks with an injury.
Fans of Munich will be relieved to know that none of their players picked up any serious injuries at the weekend as they prepare to take on the Italian side.
UPDATE: A late goal from Miroslav Klose gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 home victory over a struggling Fiorentina.
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