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Monday 24 September 2018

Bayern boss Heynckes wary of Besiktas' fine away form

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Munich mission: Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and team-mates during training ahead of tonight’s clash with Besiktas
Munich mission: Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery and team-mates during training ahead of tonight’s clash with Besiktas

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has promised Besiktas will not be taken lightly in their Champions League clash.

The German champions appear to have received a favourable last-16 draw against opponents who are currently fourth in the Turkish Super Lig standings.

But Heynckes, speaking at his press conference before tonight's first-leg tie at the Allianz Arena, said: "Besiktas are a team that can play football and it's no surprise they are here.

"They won all three of their away matches in the group stage. They won't hide, they like to play attacking football - if you let them. Besiktas are packed with international experience. They're well organised defensively and know how to counter well, they will look for their chances."

Bayern finished runners-up to Paris St Germain in their group, but they start as firm favourites to progress after beating Wolfsburg 2-1 on Saturday to register a 13th straight win across all competitions.

Heynckes rested James Rodriquez as Bayern maintained their 19-point Bundesliga lead, while regular starters Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Thomas Muller were all on the bench.

Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara returned from a three-month injury absence against Wolfsburg when substitute Lewandowski converted a last-minute penalty for his 27th goal of the season.

But Heynckes dismissed talk of rotation, saying: "I have no A or B team. We only have one Bayern team."

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