Hannover prepare for stern Bayern test

Hannover have less than 48 hours to prepare themselves for arguably their most difficult away game of the season against Bayern Munich.

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A 0-0 draw against the Dutch side should not have taken too much energy out of the Reds, who nevertheless go into the game at the Allianz Arena as "rank outsiders", according to former Bayern forward Jan Schlaudraff.

Hannover have lost 20 of their last 23 visits to Munich and Schlaudraff knows it will have to be a perfect day to improve that statistic.

"We are going to have to have an absolutely top day in defence in order to keep Bayern's excellent attacking strength in check," he said.

"This game is a highlight for any player to play in a great stadium in Munich.

"We will try to play to 110% and just hope that Bayern don't have their best day, then maybe we can get something out of it.

"But we are rank outsiders."

Schlaudraff spent a season on the Bayern books, winning a league and cup double despite not truly making the breakthrough following a transfer from Aachen.

"I am grateful for the experience and to be able to train on a daily basis with such world class players," he said on the Bayern website.

"It was also very educational to feel the extreme pressure to be successful with Bayern. I took a great deal out of my year with Bayern."

Bayern are again on course for the title and can focus their efforts on the Bundesliga after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare this week.

Yet that game has presented coach Jupp Heynckes with a selection headache on Saturday since Mario Gomez made his comeback from a near four-month injury absence, and was involved in the equalising goal.

"I have fought for my place with very good strikers for eight years now and I have always made it, and I will make it this time too," said the Germany international.

Top scorer Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro may have a thing or two to say about that, though, with Heynckes now at risk of upsetting one of his three strikers, although he does not face the same dilemma behind his attacker since Arjen Robben is still ruled out through injury.



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