There is home stadium advantage, and then there is whatever magic Bayern Munich use before their games in that formidable fortress known as Allianz Arena.
As of writing, Munich have won six straight games in their Munich stadium, and five of those victories were clean sheets and only Premier League’s Arsenal managed to score at Allianz, and even with that goal Bayern won that Champions League game easily, 5-1.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are in the midst of a 20-game unbeaten run at home that dates back to March 2016, when they narrowly lost 1-2 to Mainz 05. Yes, you read it right, the Bavarians have not lost at home for more than year, better than the record of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and EPL’s Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.
The Italian boss has kept Munich in great and dominant form in his debut campaign. Bayern lead Bundesliga by 13 points, and they are fresh from a 3-0 thrashing of Schalke at (you guessed it right!) Allianz Arena to set up a DFB Pokal semi-final clash against rivals Borussia Dortmund.
But even before their Italian manager made his way into Germany, Munich has been a very hard city to visit and leave with your confidence and pride intact, especially for foreigners who play in Europe’s most glorious club competition – the Champions League.
Before next week’s Champions League quarter-final match between Munich and holders Real Madrid at Allianz Arena, the Bavarians are on a 16-game winning run in home games in the competition.
They have faced and demolished foes after foes in the last three years, though it is worth noting that the last Champions League club to beat Munich at home were Real Madrid, who also did it in style 4-0 on their way to winning the tournament in 2014.
But a lot has changed since then, since Madrid’s then-boss Ancelotti is now on the other side of the fence and will have inside track, giving some form of advantage to Munich.
Bookies clearly favour Bayern in this match, owing to their fear-inducing home streak and Real Madrid’s inconsistent away form this season. Madrid have conceded seven goals in four away games this term.
Whether Munich win this Champions League match against Madrid or not, there is little doubt about the fact that most teams don’t count the days before their visit to Germany’s most terrifying stadium.