Return to Lille a homecoming for Ribery during upcoming Champions League clash

The France international is looking forward to facing a team with whom he spent three years as a youth, with the Champions League clash taking place near to where he was raised.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has expressed his motivation leading into his side's upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Lille, while also reflecting on the 3-1 loss against BATE Borisov.

The 29-year-old Roten star has been in excellent form so far this season, playing a big part in helping his club to a record-breaking start of eight consecutive Bundesliga wins. The next fixture sees the Bavarian outfit traveling to northern France – near to where Ribery grew up and played as a youth during the late 90s.

"I know my family and a lot of friends will be there," he told reporters at a press conference in Lille ahead of the match.

He then went on to say that the Bavarians could have a difficult task at hand in facing Les Dogues, although the 29-year-old winger is quite aware that Lille does not pose the same threat as it has in past years without departed playmaker Eden Hazard.

"With the departure of Eden Hazard [to Chelsea], the club has lost its best player of the last few years," Ribery said. "Lille lost their first two matches and they will give everything to beat us in front of their fans, so as to keep their chances of qualifying alive."

The Frenchman then reflected on Bayern's loss to the Belarus champions BATE in Bayern Munich's last game in Europe's premiere club competition.

"We were surprised to lose to BATE Borisov. Because of that we've got a bit of pressure on our shoulders in the Champions League. So we have a clear objective: win the match in France and the return match in Munich. That will put us on the way to qualifying," Ribery said.

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