Bayern Munich vs Celtic: Heynckes faces first UCL test - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 18/10/2017

After getting it right in his first domestic assignment as 'emergency' coach for Bayern Munich over the weekend, Jupp Heynckes will be keen to mark his return in Europe as the manager of the Bavarian with a healthy win over Celtic in Group B of UEFA Champions League.

Bayern Munich are off to a poor start by their lofty standards, both domestically and in Europe.

A 3-0 thrashing at the hands of PSG left them tied for second place with Celtic, edging the Scottish champions only on goal difference.

But, Jupp Heynckes’ timely return is sure to rejuvenate an otherwise jaded side.

Heynckes, who won the Champions League with the Bavarians in 2013, was back in charge for his first game against Freiburg on October 14 and led his side to a 5-0 victory.

He told his pre-match press conference when asked about Celtic: “They are a very aggressive team that have won their league six times in a row.

“They drew twice in the Champions League last season against Borussia Monchengladbach and Man City. That’s the Champions League, there are no easy games. We need to be prepared.

“I have experience playing against Scottish teams, like Dundee United and Aberdeen, but that must have been 50 years ago now.

“Scottish football has had its problems, but it has produced some great players down the years. It’s going to get harder for them to keep up with the big clubs in Europe, especially with all crazy transfer fees these days.”

Meanwhile, Celtic are unbeaten in their last six games across all competitions, winning five, and most recently beat Dundee 1-0 in a Scottish Premiership clash.

The last defeat they suffered was in their Group B opener against PSG, who ran out 5-0 victors in Glasgow. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side bounced back with a 3-0 win over Anderlecht in their second group encounter.

Team news:

Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery remain on the sidelines for the long term, but Arturo Vidal is available despite returning from international duty with a knock.

The visitors will be without the services of midfielder Scott Brown and centre-back Jozo Simunovic due to knee injuries.

Key Stats

1. Bayern Munich have met Celtic only twice in the Champions League, winning one while drawing the other game.

2. There have been atleast 3 goals in the matches involving either team in their last 4 respective games in the competition.

3. Robert Lewandowski has 24 goals and 7 assists in 35 Champions League appearances for Bayern Munich.

4. Arjen Robben is set for his 100th UEFA Champions League match in his career.

5. Celtic have won just 3 of the 20 matches played against German teams so far in European competitions, drawing 5 and losing the other 12 games

Bayern Probable Lineup: Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Vidal, Thiago; Robben, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski

Celtic Probable Lineup:  Gordon; Lustig, Sviatchenko, Boyata, Tierney; Bitton, Ntcham; Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair; Griffiths

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Celtic