FC Bayern München v FC Rostov

FC Bayern München will play host to Champions League debutants on Tuesday evening as Russian outfit FC Rostov travel to the Allianz Arena for their opening Group D fixture.

UEFA Champions League
13 September 2016
Kick-off 20:45

Venue: Allianz Arena

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistants: Simon Bennett (ENG), Gary Beswick (ENG)
Fourth official: Ian Hussin (ENG)

Head-to-head summary:

Bayern 0 0 0 0
Rostov 0 0 0 0

Previous encounter:

This game will be the first game between the two teams, as there are no record of previous games between them.

Players to watch:

Robert Lewandowski has started the season in blistering form with seven goals in his opening four games of the new season, and will no doubt be the German’s side’s main threat.

His natural goal-scoring ability in the Champions League will no doubt see him up there amongst the top scorers at the end of the campaign.

For the Russian side, forward Dmitriy Poloz, who impressed in their second-leg 4-1 victory over Ajax Amsterdam in the play-off round, will take centre stage.

Despite only two goals this season, his movement of the ball and direct running will be a threat as the away side will no doubt look to break swiftly and hit the European giants on the counter.

Team form and manager quotes:

Bayern have started the season off with two wins from two in the German top flight and come into the fixture brimming with confidence.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti gave an update on his walking wounded in the pre-match press conference, saying: “We have been using this week to prepare Coman for Saturday, so he won’t be on the bench tomorrow.

“Robben and Boateng started training with us again yesterday, but they need more time to build up their fitness. Hopefully, they will be ready to play by next week.”

Newly-appointed Germany captain Manuel Neuer, meanwhile, insisted their goal this season was to win the competition – three seasons since their last triumph.

Since then, the team has been eliminated by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals despite looking untouchable in early stages of the campaign.

“We want to win the UEFA Champions League – that’s always our goal. But we know we aren’t the only ones who want that,” Neuer said.

Russian club Rostov is unlikely to have much of an impact in this group – they are seen as the rank underdogs, with Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven tipped to be the main competitors for second place in the group.

Rostov manager Ivan Daniliants was positive about their chances, though, saying that they would “approach every game as if it were our last”.

“We are well prepared and want to show the best we’ve got,” he insisted.

“All the FC Bayern players are dangerous,” added forward Dmitry Poloz. “We’ll have to see what chance we have.”

Team news:

In team news, Ancelotti has revealed that young French winger Kingsley Coman will not feature, as they are “preparing him for Saturday”; but the Italian did confirm that midfielder Joshua Kimmich would start.

Brazilian winger Douglas Costa looks set to make his first start of the new campaign, but Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben are not ready to feature yet.

Responding to doubts that Costa and fellow winger Franck Ribery can play together, Ancelotti insisted that “very good players can and must play together”.