Heynckes: Bayern has no B team, only an A team

The German coach rested some of his star men for the trip to the AWD Arena but still racked up another convincing win, thus underlining his side's incredible strength in depth
Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes was brimming of pride after watching a second-string lineup romp to a 6-1 victory over Hannover on Saturday afternoon, declaring afterwards that the club does not have a B team.

The former Real Madrid coach opted to rest a number of key men ahead of Tuesday's mouth-watering Champions League semifinal showdown with Barcelona, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and Javi Martinez.

However, Bayern still ran riot at the AWD Arena, much to the delight of Heynckes who feels he is in possession of a squad to rival any other in Europe.

"The players have proven time and again that we have no B team, only an A team," the 57-year-old German is quoted as saying by his club's official website. "The players simply have fun playing football and have a great attitude. All of them are highly motivated. We had a lot of great play, showed great discipline and scored a lot of goals.

"We laid the foundation for this big win in the first half."

Meanwhile, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes that the win in Hannover has set the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions up nicely for the visit of the Blaugrana.

"We wanted to prepare well for the game against Barcelona," the Germany international admitted. "And we succeeded!

"We played well and brought a convincing performance, especially in the first half."