Tue, 21/11/17, 09:00
FCB have arrived in Brussels
A day on the road for FC Bayern! The team travel to RSC Anderlecht in the Belgian capital Brussels! Stay updated with our ticker:
Thanks for joining us!
Our live ticker of the journey to Anderlecht ends at this point. All further news about the game – match preview, videos and the Niklas Süle interview – will follow in the next few hours and continue until tomorrow afternoon. See you then!
Now the long wait for kickoff tomorrow at 20:45 has begun. To pass the time there will be more articles and videos today and tomorrow on fcbayern.com and and FC Bayern.tv. We will be reporting live from the game via the ticker and on free webradio. The match will be shown by ZDF and Sky on German TV.
Check in at the Team hotel
Bayern have arrived at the team hotel and are settling in to their rooms.
Die U19 vor dem Duell mit Anderlecht
Our U19s are also on the bus and en route to the team hotel in Brussels.
Plan for the rest of the day
A few more appointments are planned for FCB: At 17:15 is the official pre match press conference. Jupp Heynckes and Sven Ulreich will answer questions. Then at 18:00 the team will attend their final training session in the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium. In addition, Niklas Süle will provide a short interview for FC Bayern.tv this afternoon.
Now the team will collect their bags, then get on the bus to the hotel.
Everything is going to plan. The Bavarians have landed in Brussels on time.
The Bayern plane moves towards the runway. The men from Munich will be a good hour in the air. Arrival at Brussels Airport is estimated to be 12:25. Have a nice flight!
Announcement from the pilot: “My name is Holger Brüssel and as fortune will have it, I’m flying you today.” The mood on board seems good.
Juniors on tour
The U19s are waiting to get on their plane…
Waiting for departure
The team are in a Lufthansa plane. Waiting for take-off…
Robben already excited
Arjen Robben can’t wait for kickoff: “When we play, we play to win. That won’t be any different tomorrow. We need to concentrate and push forward from the first minute to get a good result.”
Rummenigge thinks the chances of going through as group winners are low: “We’re not expecting PSG to lose. Theyv’e won everything up till now and haven’t conceded a goal. The team seems very stable. We would have to beat them 4-0 to be top. Obviously we want to win, but I’m not optimistic that it will be 4-0. We’re concentrating on ourselves and want to keep playing well.”
As always, Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge answered a few questions from reporters before departure. “We’re on a run of eight wins, and we want to continue that. We want to stay in good form. There’s also the UEFA ranking to consider. We want to ensure the fourth spot for the Bundesliga. Therefore we’re absolutely going for the win.”
What’s up with Alaba and Rafinha?
We also have information on the absence of David Alaba and Rafinha. Alaba has pulled something in his back, Rafinha has tweaked his ankle. Jupp Heynckes doesn’t want to take any risks.
There is news about injured Manuel Neuer. “He’ll soon be able to put down the crutches,” Rummenigge revealed, “There’s no reason to be pessimistic. Everything is as the doctors said it would be. It's all going to plan.”
Rummenigge is very satisfied with the team’s performances over the past few weeks. “We haven’t just been winning, we’ve been playing good football too. We have eight wins in a row and we have to stay in this good form”
Traditionally Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks to the media at the airport. Right now they are assembling around the FCB Chairman. We’re excited to hear what he has to say.
Third choice goalkeeper Christian Früchtl is in the squad for the Champions League match in Anderlecht, he’s travelling with the U19s rather than the first team though. The 17-year-old will be in goal for the U19s tomorrow for their UEFA Youth League game against Anderlecht. Kickoff for that match is 16:00 on Wednesday. The U19s are also travelling to Belgium at this minute.
5 Bayern players are staying at home: As well as injured Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribéry Thomas Müller, David Alaba and Rafinha are also missing.
19 Players make the trip
Jupp Heynckes is taking 19 players to Belgium: Thiago, Bernat, Boateng, Coman, Dorsch, Friedl, Früchtl, Hummels, James, Kimmich, Lewandowski, Martínez, Robben, Rudy, Starke, Süle, Tolisso, Ulreich, Vidal.
Away we go!
The Bayern team are currently en route to Munich Airport. Earlier they had breakfast together at the Säbener Straße.
A day on the road for FC Bayern! The team travel to RSC Anderlecht in the Belgian capital Brussels! It’s a busy day for the Bavarians: Travel, Interviews, Training, Press conference…. Stay updated with our ticker.