Kaiserslautern vs B. Munich Preview

Bayern Munich will have to put thoughts of the Champions League aside when they travel to Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga.

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However, given Thursday's tough draw, that is not going to be easy.

Bayern were put in the same group as Villarreal, Napoli and Manchester City, giving them a tough task if they are to reach the last 16.

"From the eight groups, we have definitely got the toughest," said Bastian Schweinsteiger on his club's website.

"But that doesn't matter - if we want to be among the best teams in Europe, then we have got to get through it, and I am certain that we will."

Midfielder Franck Ribery added: "We are going to have to put our foot down from the first to the last group game if we are to reach our goal.

"We are going to need to be at our very best to survive against these teams."

For Kaiserslautern, playing Bayern Munich is their equivalent to being in the Champions League, although their coach Kurz prefers to see tomorrow's game more as a knockout match than a group game.

"In a game against an amazing team like Bayern, our aim is just to take another step forwards," he said.

"We don't have the aim of being on a level with Bayern over 34 games, but in an individual game, anything is possible for us on a good day."

The Red Devils proved that only 12 months ago when they defeated Bayern at the Betzenberg.

Midfielder Christian Tiffert remembers that game well, as well as every game against the Bavarians.

"The matches between Kaiserslautern and Bayern at the Betzenberg are something special," he said.

"It is certainly a festival for all concerned and it is a great game for everybody around here, but we must not hide or get star-struck."

Bayern make the trip without Arjen Robben, who is receiving treatment for a shin infection.

"I cannot say how long it will take for him to recover," said Bayern's club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt on his club's website.

"He is undergoing intensive treatment."

On the other hand, Mario Gomez hopes to recover from a thigh strain he picked up in Zurich on Tuesday.

Kaiserslautern have the same squad they had a week ago when they drew 1-1 with Cologne.



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