Bayern Munich captain Phillipp Lahm has insisted that his side should be at the top of their game when they meet Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League quarterfinals later this week.
Real Madrid face a daunting task as they face arguably the top side in the Champions League at the moment as Bayern Munich go into the game after their 10-2 drubbing against Arsenal in Round of 16 last month. However, the visitors can take a lot of inspiration from their recent visit to Allianz Arena when they defeated Bayern Munich 4-0.
However, Bayern Munich has won all their home games in the Champions League over the past three years which shows the herculean task in the hands of Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The Bavarian club have also defeated their bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in Der Klassiker on Saturday which would do a world of good to German giants going into Champions League game and Lahm reckons that all the players will need to play at their best when they face the title holders.
“Everyone in our team has to be at their best because we are playing against an elite team with world-class players in each position,” he told Kicker.
“That’s why we must work hard as a team and to do that we don’t only need the 11 starters but everyone in the squad.”
The 33-year old, who will retire from football at the end of the season, has also revealed that they cannot be opened up for counter attacks on Wednesday as that was the case when they faced Los Blancos three seasons ago.
“The Champions League is such a tough competition,” Lahm recalled. “We have to avoid being counter-attacked like we were the last time we played against them.
“This team has had to get used to not having the ball sometimes and knowing that it is okay for the opposition to have it.
“If the defence each maintains our position, then we have the possibility to avoid being countered on.”
Carlo Ancelotti was the chief architect when Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 at Allianz Arena and the Italian tactician would be completely aware of the threat that comes in the form of Spanish giants having managed them till last year before moving to Germany.
Both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have suffered major injury setbacks ahead of the game as Pepe was ruled out for the remainder of the season. While Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels will also not be in action for foreseeable future after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend.
Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer are facing race against time to be fit for the crucial encounter as neither of them are fully fit so far which causes more worries for Bayern.