CL: Bayern Munich need to move up a gear, says Philipp Lahm
Munich: Philipp Lahm has warned his Bayern Munich teammates that they must be at their very best to beat Manchester City in the Champions League today. The two sides have been drawn into Group E along with Roma and CSKA Moscow and face each other at the Allianz Arena.
Philipp Lahm (left) and Thomas Mueller during a Bayern Munich training session at the Allianz Arena yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Ahead of the clash, Bayern captain Lahm insists his side must to up their game when they take on the Premier League champions. "We'll need to find another gear on Wednesday," Lahm told the club's official website. "City are an absolute top team, but obviously, when FC Bayern play at home, we expect to win."
Thomas Muller echoed his teammate's remarks, stating: "We want to make a good start, (but we need) an excellent team performance."
Bayern will be without talismanic winger Franck Ribery who picked up an injury in training. "After training the physio said that Franck would have to go to the doctor. Today they told me that he couldn't play. That's all," Bayern manager Pep Guardiola said.
Bayern also have Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Thiago missing due to knee injuries while Holger Badstuber suffered a thigh injury in the 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart.
Midfielder James Milner believes Man City are now capable of making a big impression in the Champions League. Milner told UEFA.com: "I think year on year we should get better. I think having won the EPL a couple of times, and been fortunate enough to win every trophy domestically, we now want to prove ourselves on the European stage. And I believe we have a good enough team to do that."