German powerhouse Bayern Munich could be the first club to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League if they beat Portuguese opponent SL Benfica in tonight's matchday four encounter.
Bayern Munich are top of group E with nine maximum points and are yet to concede a goal in a group that also have FC Barcelona and Dynamo Kyiv. Bayern Munich whipped Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg, beat Dynamo Kyiv 5-0 and Benfica 4-0.
Tonight's game will see the return of Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann to the dugout after his battle with coronavirus. If Bayern Munich wins, they will be on 12 points and it will be impossible for them to finish out of the top two even if they lose their remaining two games.
Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League in 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal, beating PSG 1-0 in the final and destroying Barcelona 8-2 en route to the final. The suffered a shock elimination from the DFB Pokal last week losing 5-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach and bounced back at the weekend with a 5-2 transhing of Union Berlin.