Dusseldorf praying for a miracle against Bayern

Fortuna Dusseldorf coach Norbert Meier believes in miracles and his side appear to need one when they head to the runaway league leaders Bayern Munich.

Javi Martinez, Mario Mandzukic, Bastian Schweintei

With a 17-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga, a goal difference of plus 56 and just eight goals conceded in the Bundesliga, Bayern are asserting their authority on the league this season.

Dusseldorf found that out to their cost in October when they were crushed 5-0 at home to the record German champions, and Meier knows the size of the task is not going to be any smaller in Bavaria.

Nevertheless, he is a believer, and he also wants to get the points his side need to avoid relegation as soon as possible, regardless of the opposition.

"We are going to try and make the impossible happen," he said at a press conference. "We need to play as a unit and be compact. We must not have any fear."

That is easier said than done given Bayern's dominance in 2012/13.

"They laid our weaknesses bare back then (in the reverse fixture)," continued Meier. "We have to acknowledge that.

"But it's fantastic to be able to play there and it will be the first time in this stadium for many of my lads.

"We are playing against one of the favourites for the Champions League, and a leading club in Europe, and there is not much else to say about the game."

Indeed, Bayern's craving for a Champions League triumph after two final defeats since their last victory in 2001 could lead to them taking the game a little lighter than usual.

They face Arsenal in the second leg of their last-16 tie next week and that game could well be their priority.

Needless to say, if coach Jupp Heynckes does rotate his side, he will still send out a more than competitive starting XI.

"Anybody can get a game, and that makes us all keep up our focus," said defender Daniel van Buyten who has formed half of a formidable central defensive partnership with Dante this season.

"We know what has made us so good this season and we need to stick to that, from the first minute."

Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both candidates for a rest with the former missing out last weekend due to injury and therefore considered a doubt also for the visit of Arsenal.



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