Sadly for Bayern Munich, they have found themselves in a position where they have finished 2nd place in Group D. Despite their victory against group leaders Athletico Madrid last night, Bayern had already thrown the chance of finishing in 1st place through their shock loss to FK Rostov, and as a result, Bayern are likely to face a much tougher clash than they would have expected or hoped to in the last 16.
However, Ancelotti does not believe that this will have such a massive effect on Bayern’s chances of progression, as he has stated that any of the sides who have qualified for the next round would be a tough draw, and any of the other 15 teams would each pose a tough but different challenge to the German Champions:
“Our objective was to finish first in the group, but I don’t think it will change much. There isn’t much difference between the first and second-placed teams. Now we have to wait for the draw.” Via westernpeople.ie
Bayern now are in the position where they may potentially draw the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but it is likely that, despite their 2nd place finish, Bayern will be as feared by those clubs as Bayern might fear drawing them. Where Bayern finished does not necessarily dictate that they will be knocked out in the round of 16, especially with them having found their feet again over the past couple of games with Ancelotti having experimented.
At the end of the day, as Ancelotti says, we will have to wait for the draw, and not only that, but we will have to hope Bayern perform at their best against any of the teams who they might draw, as the Champions League isn’t considered the most difficult club competition for no reason.