Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels insists that they will be no favourites when his side squares up against premier league giants Arsenal in the Champions League round of 16 tie next month.
The Bavarians are seen as having the advantage having eliminated the Gunners at the same stage of the competition several times and with the mid-season break in Germany, the Bundesliga outfit is likely to be the more fresh for the match.Read Also | FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48-teams from 2026
However, Hummels has played down suggestions that Bayern will benefit from the mid-season break when they host Arsenal on February 15 at the prestigious Allianz Arena.
"I think that it won't affect both teams at this early stage. We and Arsenal will have our rhythm and until then we have three compulsory games," he said.
"So I think that it won't have an impact that they didn't have a winter break."
Meanwhile, left wing-back David Alaba has revealed that Bayern Munich struggled at the start of the season because they needed time to adapt to the strategies of new manager Carlo Ancelotti who replaced Pep Guardiola in the summer.
"Maybe we needed some time to understand and implement the philosophy of our new coach," he said.
"But at the end of the first leg we showed that we are on the right track. We want to work hard and continue our work in the training camp and then play our best football."
Bayern Munich will return to competitive Bundesliga action on January 20 when they travel to face Freiburg but before then they will engage Eupen in a friendly today.