No let-up from Bayern despite explosive start

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes wants the German champions to take the game to Scottish title-holders Celtic at home. The German came out of retirement to take over after Bayern fired Carlo Ancelotti following their humbling 3-0 away loss to PSG.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes wants the German champions to take the game to Scottish title-holders Celtic at home. The German came out of retirement to take over after Bayern fired Carlo Ancelotti following their humbling 3-0 away loss to PSG.PHOTO: REUTERS

MUNICH • Bayern Munich will seek to build on their demolition of Freiburg when they host Celtic in the Champions League, coach Jupp Heynckes said yesterday.

Heynckes, in his fourth stint at the club, replaced the sacked Carlo Ancelotti and made an instant impact in his first match in charge as Bayern crushed Freiburg 5-0 in the Bundesliga last Saturday.

The 72-year-old, who led Bayern to the 2013 Champions League crown in a treble-winning season, wants an equally explosive European performance against the Scottish champions today.

"Bayern have big ambitions in this competition. It would be good to pick up from our performance on Saturday," he said.

Bayern are third in Group B, level on three points with second-placed Celtic after the German champions' 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

"I think it can always happen that you lose a game in an ongoing competition," he added. "Celtic are a fighting team. They have won their league six times in a row.

"But we are highly motivated. Obviously, there is always pressure at Bayern, but I think the team and me have enough experience to handle that."

Bayern will be without defender Javi Martinez, whose shoulder injury will keep him out for the next two matches. They are also missing injured winger Franck Ribery and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

In Group B's other match, PSG will hope to continue their stunning start in Europe when they travel to winless Anderlecht.

One of the favourites for the tournament, the French club, led by record signing Neymar, have won both of their games so far, scoring eight goals and conceding none.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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