Gomez expects 'Champions League atmosphere' when Bayern visit Dortmund

The 26-year-old believes that the crunch clash against the league leaders will be a real pressure-cooker, while Philipp Lahm is relishing the encounter
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has issued a warning to his side ahead of the Bavarians' Bundesliga showdown with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

The clash of Germany's top two teams attracted over 450,000 ticket requests, and the Signal Iduna Park is set to be packed to capacity with 80,720 cheering fans.

Accordingly, Gomez feels the match will have a "Champions League atmosphere." However, he opined that the encounter with BVB will be just one of "five finals" in the Bundesliga before season's end.

"We have to win if we want to be champions," he told reporters on Tuesday. "If we drop points, it does us no good."

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes admitted that Dortmund have "a small advantage" in the title race, as they cling to a three-point lead in the standings. But while Wednesday's clash offers the opportunity for Bayern to reclaim top spot, the trainer insists it will not decide the title.

"I think this will happen only in the final matchday," he said.

Meanwhile, Philipp Lahm hailed the high-profile clash as one of the best matches he will play.

"These are the games you play football for," the captain said.

Kick-off from the Signal Iduna Park is scheduled for Wednesday at 20.00CET.