Labbadia wants Bayern scalp

Hamburg manager Bruno Labbadia is not resigned to leaving the Allianz Arena empty-handed as he prepares for their Bundesliga opener against Bayern Munich on Friday.

Hamburg only retained their top-flight status through victory in the relegation play-offs last season, while Die Roten strolled to a third consecutive Bundesliga title.

Labbadia admits it will have to be a perfect performance to take anything away from the champions, but remains hopeful of pulling off an upset.

"I want us to give a passionate performance and go to Munich looking to take something from the game," he said.

"Regardless of the opponents I'm not the kind of guy who's prepared to settle for going somewhere without wanting to come away with something.

"But it has to be a very good day if you're to beat them. We'll have to run hard, show tactical discipline and avoid errors. And we'll have to apply pressure to them to give ourselves breathing space."

Meanwhile, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is "happy and highly motivated" ahead of the clash. "I believe we can be very optimistic about the new season," he said. "I'd like us to start with a win."

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