Three takeaways from Bayern Munich 3-0 Lazio: Another German disaster for the Romans, that could spark domestic collapse

Bayern Munich dumped Lazio out of the Champions League after a 3-0 second-leg victory in the Last 16, which could prompt a domestic collapse by the Biancocelesti.

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Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich ended Lazio’s 2023/24 Champions League journey at the Last 16 stage with a comprehensive 3-0 second-leg win at the Allianz Arena, that secured a 3-1 aggregate win.

The Biancocelesti started positively in Germany and looked to be going in at half-time level, but goals from Harry Kane and Thomas Muller just before the break reflected the hosts dominance in possession, and the England striker added a third midway through the second period.

Thomas Muller celebrates giving Bayern Munich a two-goal lead against Lazio (@FCBayern).

Germany signals Champions League disaster for Lazio

The Biancocelesti have now failed to win any of their last Champions League away matches in Germany, but worse still, the last three occasions have led to an exit from Europe’s premier club competition.

Their previous attempt in 2020/21 ended in a 6-2 aggregate defeat to the Munich club, Bayer Leverkusen overcame them 3-1 during the play-offs in 2015/16 and even when they finished bottom of their group in 2007/08 Werder Bremen beat them.

When goalkeeper Ivan Provedel failed to stop a weak header from ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker on 39 minutes and level the score on aggregate, there was an inevitableness about the outcome.

Ciro Immobile is on borrowed time at Lazio

Despite scoring just six times in 20 European away fixtures for Lazio, compared to 20 in 23 at the Stadio Olimpico, few coaches would remove their captain and all-time top scorer with 30 minutes remaining and a one-goal deficit, yet that is exactly what Maurizio Sarri did in Munich.

There were no histrionics from Ciro Immobile as he made his way to the substitutes bench and when Kane scored a second moments later to make it 3-0, looked on with casually as the TV cameras expectedly cut to the Italian striker.

The 65-year-old tactician has not hid the fact that he thinks Immobile might be past his prime and the Biancocelesti need to prepare for the future, but such a snub could make him consider his own future this summer.

Luis Alberto of Lazio takes on Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt (@OfficialSSLazio).

Could Champions League defeat spark Lazio collapse?

The Biancocelesti are languishing in mid-table in Serie A and had suffered consecutive domestic defeats ahead of the game, and unrecognisable from the side that finished second to Napoli last term.

With qualification for any European competition, let alone the Champions League, next term looking unlikely, having already lost 11 times in the league and conceding as many goals as they score, Lazio could now start to freefall.

Unless they can overcome Juventus in the Coppa Italia in the semi-finals and end the campaign with a surprise trophy success.

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