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Friday 2 December 2016

Bayern's dynamic duo facing rock-solid Juventus defence

Robert Lewandowski Photo: Reuters
Robert Lewandowski Photo: Reuters

Not much has thwarted the predatory instincts of Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski this season but even that dynamic duo will have their work cut out to pierce the rock-solid Juventus defence tonight.

Mueller and Lewandowski have scored a remarkable 56 goals between them in all competitions this season but in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 round they will be up against a Juve rearguard which has kept nine successive clean sheets.

It is one of many reasons why the tie at the Juventus Stadium is likely to be a titanic duel between the champions and leaders of Italy's Serie A and Germany's Bundesliga, even though Juve could lose top spot should Napoli beat AC Milan on Monday.

Both are unbeaten in all competitions since early December and both have exactly the same record in their last 10 matches -- nine wins and one draw.

Bayern's last reverse, one of only two all season for Pep Guardiola's outfit, was against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Dec. 5 while Juventus have not been beaten since they lost 1-0 at Sevilla in the Champions League on December 8.

There will also be a return to savour for Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal, back at the club he helped to four Serie A titles in a row, while Juve striker Mario Mandzukic is also in line to face his former team mates.

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