Bayern thrashes 10-man Besiktas

SEVILLE SPAIN- JANUARY 28 Luis Muriel of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sevilla FC with his coach Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between Sevilla and Getafe at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Janua

SEVILLE SPAIN- JANUARY 28 Luis Muriel of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring the first goal for Sevilla FC with his coach Vincenzo Montella of Sevilla FC during the La Liga match between Sevilla and Getafe at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Janua

The Turkish visitors went down to 10 men in the 16th minute when Domagoj Vida was sent off with a straight red card for taking out Robert Lewandowski as he was bearing down on the Besiktas goal.

Whilst the majority of eyes will be on Stamford Bridge tonight for the Chelsea v Barcelona clash, Bayern Munich are long odds on to dispose of Turkish side Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen clash at the Allianz Arena.

Now with their tails up, Bayern added a second, before all-but sealing their passage into the quarter-finals with two more strikes.

Thomas Muller's poaching skills were evenly matched by Robert Lewandowski as both strikers netted two goals each for the Bavarian giants. I'm very happy that we won so comfortably against such a team.

With their lead at the top of the Bundesliga increasing by the week, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes rotated heavily ahead of Saturday's trip to VfL Wolfsburg, making eight changes to the team which had beaten Schalke 2-1 the week before. "They also have, as we have seen on the videos, real quality in their game, tactical and individual.That's why we should first deal only with the fact that we [must] beat Besiktas and get us a good starting position in the home game".

Increasing the tempo and the pressure in the second half, Bayern did not give any chances to Besiktas to be unsafe. Sometimes, though, the rewards are nearly more of a punishment - like, say, having to face a white-hot Bayern Munich side in the Round of 16.

"We scored some great goals and played some good football".

Like Ribery, Robben, who scored Bayern's winning goal in the 2013 Champions League final is out of contract in June. "But the game lasts 90 minutes and we made the necessary adjustments by playing more direct".

"Anyone who signs a contract for Bayern Munich has to accept that they won't start every game".

"No. That's insane. We have to take it from one round to the next", said Hoeness, later contradicted by Mueller, who said the treble was "possible".

We hope it's not too serious, @jamesdrodriguez!

Gunes swapped striker Vagner Love for defender Dusko Tosic in the second half, but it made little difference.

"They won't hide, they like to play attacking football - if you let them".

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