Poor Lazio. The 1997/98 UEFA Cup was the last time they won a trophy in Europe and since then, things have been a struggle. 2007/08 was the last time Lazio made it to the Champions League and, like every other time they did it in the 21st century, they didn't get out of the Group Stage.
Following six unsuccessful stints in the Europa League, each time reaching the knockouts and promptly getting knocked out, they clawed their way back into the Champions League thanks to a fourth placed Serie A finish last year. They then went undefeated in the Group Stage with a win apiece against Borussia Dortmund and Zenit St. Petersburg.
And what has all this earned Simone Inzaghi's men? Round of 16 football against Bayern Munich.
When Hansi Flick was appointed as manager in 2019 following a lackluster half-season with Niko Kovac, Flick was expected to right the ship. He has instead led Bayern to win absolutely everything on offer. Going into tonight's game, they're reigning champions of Germany, Europe and the world in club football; they also have the DFB-Pokal and Supercup, the German equivalents to the FA Cup and Community Shield respectively.
They also steamrollered everyone on their way here. A 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid after bullying them 4-0 in the first clash is the only blemish on their Group Stage record and they haven't been out of the top two in the Bundesliga since October 17, 2020.