Created on 30-08-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern will face Valencia, Lille and Borisov in Champions League Group F, a draw which presents “medium difficulty" to FCB, according to Matthias Sammer. “We want to make the next stage as group winners," the board director for sport continued, “but if we’re in poor shape, we'll have problems." Jupp Heynckes described the group as “manageable - on paper. We're looking forward to it."
Reaction to the Champions League draw
Matthias Sammer: “It's a draw which presents medium difficulty. Our aim is clear enough: we want to make the next stage as group winners. If we turn in strong performances we'll impose ourselves on the group, but if we're in poor shape we'll have problems. Valencia are one of the top teams in Spain, so we'll prepare well."
Jupp Heynckes: “It's definitely a manageable group for us - on paper. But the Champions League is difficult and you have to respect all your opponents. We're certainly looking forward to it."
Philipp Lahm: “We made it to the final last year, so we have to be able to survive the group phase. I reckon Valencia are our toughest opponents in the group, but it's mandatory for us to make the last sixteen, ideally as group winners."
Bastian Schweinsteiger: “You should never underestimate any opponents, but the group is certainly manageable. We'll still have to give it 100 percent, especially in the three away fixtures, or we'll have problems."
Manuel Neuer: “Valencia came third in Spain behind the big two of Barcelona and Madrid, and Lille have played quite a few games in the Champions League. But I still think we can be satisfied with the draw, as last year's group was tougher on paper."
Thomas Muller: “We're favourites in this group, so our goal must be to get through to the next round. Valencia will surely be our most difficult opponents at this stage. It speaks volumes when you come third in the Spanish league behind Barcelona and Real."