Ex-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov backs Bayern Munich to win Champions League
Dimitar Berbatov has backed Bayern Munich to lift the Champions League’s trophy for a sixth time this season.
Sofia: Dimitar Berbatov has backed Bayern Munich to lift the Champions League’s trophy for a sixth time this season, saying the German club could have an advantage if the competition resumes after the COVID-19 stoppage due to the Bundesliga’s earlier re-start.
“Looking at this year’s Champions League, I am now leaning more towards Bayern Munich to win it, if it goes ahead,” former Manchester United striker Berbatov told Betfair.
Bayern thrashed Chelsea 3-0 in their Champions League last 16, first-leg match in February but the return game was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Maybe because I’m watching a lot of Bundesliga, but they always impress with quality football and they have some great players,” Berbatov said.
“The way they dismantled Chelsea in that last match was unbelievable, they did it with such ease.”
The 39-year-old Bulgarian, his country’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in the English top-flight as well as German club Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco in France.
“I’m not sure how the stoppage will affect everybody, but Bayern Munich may have a slight advantage because they are playing football now and they are getting their match sharpness back, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are now the favourites.”
Bayern moved closer to a record-extending 30th German league title with a 5-0 drubbing of struggling Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.
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