Piraeus (AP) - On the big Champions League stage, Bayern wants to convince more than last in the Bundesliga.
After the 2: 2 at FC Augsburg on the weekend and the 1: 2 against 1899 Hoffenheim before the international break on Tuesday (21.00 clock / Sky) in the premier class at Olympiacos Piraeus again a victory ago. "When Bayern Munich travel or when they play at home, they always want to win. But we know that we are playing against a very strong opponent, "said coach Niko Kovac.
The players definitely want to show a response after the recent Fruster experience in the Bavarian Derby. "We want to continue where we left off in the last Champions League match - and get back on track," said defender David Alaba. The last premier class game was the stunning 7-2 at Tottenham Hotspur.
DEFENSE SHOCK: Niklas Süle falls off after his cruciate ligament rupture for a long time. Coach Kovac has to decide with which variant he wants to catch the absence of his chief of defense. Jérôme Boateng, Javi Martínez, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are variants for central defense. "I'm sure we'll be able to compensate for this serious failure," Kovac said. "We already have a lot of quality in this position." President Uli Hoeneß, however, would rather wish Martínez in midfield.
SEX STUDY: Does he play or does he not play again? Thomas Müller stoked six times in a row at the start of the game on the bench. At the last duel with Piraeus he met three times in two group matches. Kovac made no hint for the game on Tuesday night. «It is repeated: We have this squad we have. Everyone will play enough games », orakelte the Croatian coach. When Müller will run, you'll see. "No one in the club is interested in damaging Thomas, nobody wants to get rid of him," Hoeneß clarified.
STARTING POSITION: After two wins against Red Star Belgrade (3: 0) and just against Tottenham Munich strive for their third success in this group stage. "We want to continue where we last stopped in the Champions League," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, citing Tottenham as the "benchmark".
GEGNER: Playmaker Mathieu Valbuena has injured in training and falls out against Bayern. A defensive Olympiakos team is expected. In the table quoted by FC Bayern, the Greeks are one point on the account of third parties. "We are a team that looks primarily at their own strengths," said Alaba, when he was approached on the Valbuena failure.
PERFORMANCE FLUCTUATIONS: The gala against Tottenham was followed by disappointments against Hoffenheim (1-2) and Augsburg (2-1). The team must also play against supposedly weaker opponents with full concentration, demanded Hoeneß. Alaba acknowledged that a "few percent" would have been missing to finally win the victory. Kovac also missed a "little bit of concentration".
STATISTICS: The Munich played four times against Olympiacos Piraeus, four times there were victories. In the group stage four years ago it was 3: 0 and 4: 0 for Bayern, in the championship cup won the Munich in 1980 with 3: 0 and 4: 2.
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