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Champions League: Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller says membership are glad to play in ‘their competitors’ once more

Bayern, who’ve received their final six video games in all competitions, have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League in every of the previous 12 seasons.

File picture of Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller. AP

Berlin: Bayern Munich ahead Thomas Muller mentioned on Monday that the Champions League holders have been “glad to play in our competitors once more” forward of their group stage sport at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Bayern journey to the Russian capital on Tuesday to construct on a 4-0 beating in opposition to Atletico Madrid within the Group A opener final week.

“We’re glad to be enjoying in our competitors once more,” Mueller mentioned at a pre-game press convention.

“We wish to proceed the circulate that we’re in now.

“We’re assured, the staff is in good condition, the portents are optimistic.”

Bayern, who’ve received their final six video games in all competitions, have reached the knockout stage of the Champions League in every of the previous 12 seasons.

“Bayern are nonetheless among the many favorites, we’re nonetheless within the combine within the spring,” added Muller, who has received the European Cup twice with the Bavarian giants.

“Proper now we really feel very, very robust, however that will not assist us in March and April so far as the knockout stage goes. Nonetheless, I’ve confidence within the membership and the staff.”

Lokomotiv needed to accept a 2-2 draw at Salzburg final week earlier than struggling a surprising loss within the Russian Premier League to Rotor Volgograd.

However Bayern boss Hansi Flick has warned his facet to not be complacent in opposition to a facet that completed on the backside of their group final season and within the 2018-19 marketing campaign.

“(Lokomotiv) is without doubt one of the fittest groups within the Russian league,” he mentioned.

“They’ve conceded the fewest targets and have wonderful attackers in (Fedor) Smolov and Eder. We now have to remain alert and centered.”

Lokomotiv coach Marko Nikolic mentioned his facet will enter the sport with one level to show.

“Our perspective is nice. We’re enjoying in opposition to one of the best staff in Europe, so what sort of perspective can we now have? We’re very glad to have an opportunity to play in opposition to such opponents,” he mentioned.

“The skepticism remains to be there, nevertheless it’s not my job to reply to critics who do not consider in us.”

The opposite Group A sport on Tuesday will see Atletico host Salzburg.

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