Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has warned his side that claiming victory will be a tough task when it hosts Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.
The Bavarians sit pretty at the top of the Bundesliga, crucially nine point clear of current champion Borussia Dortmund, having amassed eight wins on the trot. However, the 67-year-old has warned his team not to underestimate its opponent, which is in a good run of their own of late.
"They are in very good shape at the moment," he commented at a press conference. "They play flowing, attractive football and they are very skilful.
"We would be well-advised to keep our feet on the ground, approach it professionally, and not rely on statistics. Instead, we should carry on doing what we've been doing in the league so far."
Club captain Philipp Lahm echoed his coach's thoughts regarding the upcoming encounter, maintaining his teammates would have to be on their toes when entertaining the Werkself.
"From the start, we must be wide awake," he insisted. "Leverkusen are a dangerous team. "However, if we impose our authority on the game, there can only be one winner, and that will be us."
The trio of Franck Ribery, Daniel Van Buyten and Javi Martinez will be absent for the home side, which has been boosted by the return of Arjen Robben.
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