Bayern Munich, after an impressive win against Olympiakos in their opening Group F Champions League fixture, are set to face Dinamo Zagreb at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday.
Dinamo Zagreb, who defeated Arsenal in their last encounter, should head over to Germany with a spring in their stride. The Croatian side must be further encouraged with some big Bayern players such as Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben Franck Ribery and Mehdi Benatia missing due to injuries.
However, Bayern Munich are by no means going to resemble a weak side, with other star players such as Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in their ranks. Bayern Munich have been in stupendous form in the ongoing Bundesliga, where they have not dropped a single point so far in the season.
Bayern Munich faced a big team – Wolfsburg -- in a couple of fixtures back, but came back from 0-1 down to win the match 5-1. Such a result was made possible with Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes, with the Poland international adding another two goals at the weekend.
Bayern' manager, Pep Guardiola, who is happy with the Polish striker's performance, wants him to score against Dinamo as well.
"I am very happy with Robert Lewandowski – his passing, his scoring – but of course I want more. I hope he will score again in this game, but I am happy with him even when he doesn't score, provided he is playing the way I want him to," UEFA official website quoted Guardiola as saying.
Though Bayern are huge favourites, the German champions are not going to take it easy against Dinamo Zagreb, especially after their performance against Arsenal. Guardiola is aware of the big threat they bring to the table.
"You would expect Arsenal to have beaten them on matchday one, but after 30 minutes I could see how strong Dinamo were – very good in defence, with the players very disciplined in holding their positions," said Guardiola.
Dinamo, who are undefeated in their last 45 Prva Liga games, are expected to sit back in their own half considering Bayern's attacking game with some world-class players. Dinamo will show them the much-needed respect; however, they can be dangerous if a chance comes by.
Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic believes it is a huge privilege for his team to face the "best team in the world."
"It is a privilege for me and my team to be here. We are going to play against the best team in the world," said Mamic.
"We know how strong they are, but they are human beings like us. We have a vision for the game. We will have to play defensively, but not just defensively; we want to try to attack and if possible score a goal."
"We will try to be dangerous and we will give our all to get a good result. Bayern are very dangerous. We will have to be 300% concentrated and alert."
Dinamo, to a large extent, will depend on the services of Armin Hozdic, who has been in good goalscoring form this season with seven goals. Apart from Hozdic, Dinamo Zagreb will also depend on Angelo Henriquez and Junior Fernandes, who found the back of the net against Arsenal as well.
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Bayern Munich vs Dinamo Zagreb clash has been scheduled for a 8:45pm local time (12:15am IST, 7:45pm BST, 2:45pm ET) start with live Tv coverage for Indian viewers on Ten Cricket; live streaming on Ten Sports Live.
Viewers in the UK can watch the Bayern Munich vs Dinamo Zagreb game live on BT Sport Extra with live streaming option on Watch BT Sport.
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