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'Serious' Bayern arrive in London

Let’s go! FC Bayern have touched down in London. Late on Monday morning, the Lufthansa aircraft departed for England’s capital city with the German record champions on board. On Tuesday evening (20:45 CET), the men from Munich take on Arsenal in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

“This isn’t a team outing, it’s the Champions League,” stressed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge before take-off, despite Bayern’s four-goal lead from the first leg. “We can’t think we’re already through. We have one foot there but we need to treat Arsenal seriously and with respect.”

Costa and Sanches present

Philipp Lahm is also demanding full concentration. “We need to be very focussed during the game, particularly in the first quarter of an hour, and say to Arsenal: you can do what you want, but Bayern are going though.” The FCB captain is staying in Munich as he’s suspended for the second leg.

Along with the recovering Jérôme Boateng, Lahm is the only absentee for coach Carlo Ancelotti. Renato Sanches, who’s overcome a cold, and Douglas Costa, who picked up a knock during Saturday’s 3-0 win at Köln, were both on the flight to London. A pre-match press conference with Ancelotti, Thomas Müller and Franck Ribéry will take place this evening (19:00 CET). Bayern will also go through a final training session at the Emirates Stadium.