Heynckes Wary of Besiktas Threat

1 year ago

Jupp Heynckes insists Bayern Munich will not underestimate the threat posed by Besiktas, with the two teams preparing to do battle on Tuesday evening.

The Bundesliga giants go into the first leg of their last-16 Champions League encounter as strong favourites to make the quarter-finals.

Besiktas head to Germany full of confidence though as they are on a seven-game unbeaten domestic run. The Super Lig outfit also impressed in the group stages, where they won four and drew two of their six matches.

That run included away victories in Porto, Monaco and against Bayern’s German rivals RB Leipzig, so Heynckes is well aware of the capabilities of their opponents.

The veteran coach insisted: “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. That’s the key. They will look for their chances, so we need to be prepared.”

Bayern themselves though appear to have rediscovered top form under Heynckes – winning 13 competitive games in a row heading into Tuesday’s first leg.

The German league leaders are bidding to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a seventh year in a row and have a near full-strength squad to select from.

The only major absentee is goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who continues his recovery from a long-term foot injury – so Sven Ulreich will continue between the posts.

Meanwhile, the visitors are missing four of their first-team squad for the trip to Bavaria – Dusko Tosic, Atinc Nukan, Gokhan Tore and Veli Kavlak.

Besiktas have lost on their two previous meetings with Bayern Munich, failing to score and conceding four goals.