Bayern Munich train in Athens ahead of Champions League return
Bayern Munich train in Athens ahead of return to Champions League action
- Bayern Munich face AEK Athens in Champions League Group E on Tuesday
- Bundesliga champions are looking for a second win from opening three games
- Bayern eased pressure on Niko Kovac with victory over Wolfsburg at weekend
Bayern Munich will be hoping to take a firm grip of Group E when they return to Champions League action away at AEK Athens on Tuesday night.
The Bundesliga champions were held by Ajax at home earlier this month after easing past Benfica in matchweek one in September.
And as they trained in Athens on Monday night, under-fire boss Niko Kovac admitted it will not be easy against driven opponents.
Arjen Robben and his Bayern Munich team-mates jog around the Athens Olympic Stadium
David Alaba, Renato Sanches and Jerome Boateng were put through their paces on Monday
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac eased the pressure at the weekend with a win at Wolfsburg
The Bayern head coach described AEK as a ‘technically strong’ side with ‘good individual players’ who will fight for their ‘last chance’ in the group.
‘That doesn’t make it easier,’ he continued. ‘We want to win the match, but we also know it’s not going to be easy. We’ll have to give it everything. A difficult match awaits.’
Bayern will be without Franck Ribery on Tuesday evening as the winger is sidelined with back pain.
Mats Hummels (left) and Niklas Sule (right) chat with their team-mates out in Athens
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer shows off his ball skills during the practice session
Robert Lewandowski will be looking to fire Bayern to three more points in Group E
Serge Gnabry is in contention to replace the Frenchman.
David Alaba is a doubt while Sandro Wagner has returned to the squad after missing the morale-boosting 3-1 win at Wolfsburg at the weekend.
Saturday’s victory ended a barren four-match winless run for Kovac as he attempts to stamp his authority on the side after replacing Jupp Heynckes in the summer.
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