Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucian Favre is eagerly anticipating Friday's Bundesliga opener against Bayern Munich but admits his side will find it tough to find a way to breach the Bavarians' armour.
Gladbach were beaten 5-1 by Bayern in a friendly earlier this summer and, although Favre acknowledges a competitive fixture is a very different proposition, he has warned the rest of Germany's top flight that Pep Guardiola's side are ready to cope with any threat this season.
"Let's not forget it was only a friendly, but hurting Bayern will be tough, not only for us, for every team. You can certainly come up with good ideas, but Bayern are ready for everything," Favre was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website.
"I look forward to every Bundesliga match. It's a fantastic league. You play top teams every weekend and the stadiums are always full. But it's very special to be starting against Bayern. We know all about it – it was the same two years ago."
The Gladbach boss went on to discuss the arrival of Guardiola at Bayern and had nothing but praise for the Spaniard.
"A coach of this calibre coming to Germany is very special indeed. By signing him, Bayern have pulled off a real coup," he said. "It's fantastic and significant for the Bundesliga to have a man like Pep Guardiola coaching here. The whole world is watching. It's good for everyone."