Created on 08-03-2009 at 00:00 AM
Both Bayern and Tuesday’s opponents Sporting Lisbon have warmed up nicely for the Champions League Round of 16 return at the Allianz Arena. The club from the Portuguese capital beat 12th-placed Paços Ferreira 2-0 on Saturday evening courtesy of goals from Liedson (8) and Derlei (34). Sporting remain in touch at the top of the Portuguese top flight, four points off leaders Porto.
When they appear in front of a full house at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, Sporting should be a more confident team than the side demolished 5-0 by Munich last week. With their chances of winning the tie seemingly only theoretical, the Lisbon outfit will be determined to make a proud exit from this season’s Champions League.
However, Bayern are in no mood to hand out presents. “It looks a formality on paper, but it’s not. We can take nothing for granted,” Jürgen Klinsmann told FCB.tv on Sunday. The capacity crowd had a right to a decent evening’s entertainment, the coach insisted. “We need to take it seriously and mustn’t be careless. That’s something we can’t afford.”
Maintaining the flow
Even though his side merely need to defend their five-goal advantage from the first leg, the FCB boss is not planning wholesale changes to his line-up. “It’s the kind of match where we can have a look at one or two players, and that’s what we’ll do,” he announced, “although we won’t overdo the rotation. I want to maintain the flow.”
Squad players such as José Ernesto Sosa, Breno, Andreas Ottl and reserve keeper Hans Jörg Butt could well pick up match practice. Klinsmann is also without a number of players due to injury. Franck Ribéry (shin), Luca Toni (Achilles) and Tim Borowski (hamstring) are all definitely out. Hamit Altintop tore a calf muscle against Hannover on Sunday and will be sidelined for two to three weeks, but Daniel van Buyten (bruised foot) should be fit to start.