Munich (AP) – FC Bayern are looking forward to the second day of play in their favorite league. After the 4-0 start of the new season in the Champions League, the defending champion will play the away game at Lokomotiv Moscow next Tuesday (6.55 p.m. / DAZN).
“The Champions League is something special and we also want to try to be as successful as possible this year,” said coach Hansi Flick.
The German record football champion wants to expand the record streak of twelve wins in a row in the European elite competition. “We feel very strong at the moment. But how we feel now will not help us in March and April,” said Thomas Müller when asked about the prospects of successfully defending the title. “I have absolute confidence in the club and also this year.”
BAYERN STAFF: After the excitement about a positive corona test from Serge Gnabry, he is back after a series of negative tests. For Flick, the national player is a starting line-up candidate. “We’re glad he’s back,” said Flick. Thanks to newcomers, Bayern is also happy with the width of their team. “The players we have have great qualities,” said Müller. “We feel well positioned there.”
CORONA SITUATION ON THE SITE: Russia is a risk area, but Müller did not go there with concern. You’re in “a bubble,” said Müller. “I don’t see where there should be any danger for us as a team.” Just like in Germany, the number of new coronavirus infections has been increasing for weeks in the largest country in the world. Monday, there were more than 17,000 new cases nationwide. According to official statistics, more than 1.5 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic. However, it is believed to be a high number of unreported cases in the country involving more than 144 million people. More than 26,000 people died.
ORIGINAL SITUATION: After beating Atlético Madrid 4-0 at the start, the Munich team are looking to consolidate the top position in their group. Moscow started the group stage with a 2-2 win over RB Salzburg. “The match in Salzburg was good and a 2-2 win in Salzburg is a very good result,” said Flick.
TERMIN-HATZ: Game after game for Bayern, who are not complaining. “I believe that everyone involved in competitive sports should have a certain standard of their own. And if you’re in the top league, your own standards should be very high,” said Müller. In competitive sports, you rarely go to matches “with a feather-light feel”, the 31-year-old said. “It is mainly about handling what you have as well as possible.”
OPPONENTS: In the league, the three-time Russian champion suffered a setback last Saturday after four wins in a row in a 2-1 draw against Rotor Volgograd. “We have to believe in victory. Often people say that a draw is a good result, but we want the three points,” said coach Marko Nikolic. “But Bayern is very dangerous. They have fast attacking players and are dangerous with standards.”
BALANCE: In 1995 the two clubs met once, in the UEFA Cup. After losing the first leg at home 1-0, they made it to the second round two weeks later in Moscow. Striker Jürgen Klinsmann scored twice to 5-0.