Tuesday March 19 2013
Molinaro: Bayern weak at the back

Juventus are capable of creating Bayern Munich problems in their Champions League meeting, says Cristian Molinaro.

The former Juventus full-back plays his football in Germany with Stuttgart and knows Bayern well.

“Perhaps I’m not the right person to be giving advice to Antonio Conte seeing as I’ve only beaten Bayern once in nine attempts,” the Italian told Tuttosport.

“However, I do agree with the fact that Bayern are not exceptional at the back. While Philipp Lahm may be world class, their problem is in the middle.

“Dante is a decent player who is having a good season, but the questions revolve around who will partner him.

“The Bayern boss has alternated Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng, but has also opted for Daniel Van Buyten who, in theory, should be the last choice.

“This is their big flaw, perhaps their only one, when it comes to Bayern as they always give their opponents more than one chance.

“I think that Juventus’ style of play will cause their centre-backs problems, especially Van Buyten, who is not quick and suffers against players like Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic.”

Bayern will start the tie as favourites to reach the semi-finals, but the defender thinks his former club have a chance.

“Juventus need to play in the way they know how,” Molinaro continued. “The Bianconeri have the players and the experience to cause the Germans problems.

“Juve will have to copy what Leverkusen did to Bayern in October. They were perfect as they didn’t allow Bayern’s ball players to construct anything, so their wide players were out of the game.

“Juve will have to be in top form, but they may arrive a little tired given that they’ll play an important game against Inter a few days before.”