Berlin - Pep Guardiola has warned Bayern Munich to raise
their game at Olympiakos on Wednesday -- or risk slipping on a Champions League
banana skin in their opening group game.
Bayern have won all four of their opening German league
matches this season, but had to come from behind to force a 2-1 win at home to
Bavarian rivals Augsburg on Saturday with two late goals.
Now the 2013 Champions League winners switch their focus to
Europe at Olympiakos when they kick off their Group F campaign, but Guardiola
is warning they can ill afford another below-par display with Arsenal also in
"Everyone has to give their all there and put in 100
percent on the pitch, or things can go astray," warned Bayern's head
"Our body language in the first half wasn't good
(against Augsburg) and our play was much, much too slow.
"I hope we can improve in the future. We have to play
for 90 minutes, not just 45."
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Bayern are second in the Bundesliga table on goal difference
behind Borussia Dortmund, while Marco Silva's Olympiakos top the Greek
Superleague table as the only team with three wins from three matches.
Mario Goetze is expected to return after Bayern's
23-year-old Germany international forward missed the Augsburg win with a leg
injury, but was back in training on Sunday.
Guardiola will be without wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen
Ribery has missed the last six months with an ankle injury
while Robben is out for a month with a groin problem.
Starting with Olympiakos, Bayern play three games in six
days as they face newly-promoted Darmstadt on Saturday in the Bundesliga, then
host last season's Bundesliga runners-up Wolfsburg on Tuesday September 22.
The Bavarian giants had to dig deep against Augsburg after
Alexander Esswein put the visitors ahead on 43 minutes before Robert
Lewandowski equalised on 77 minutes, then Thomas Mueller kept his cool by
converting a 90th-minute penalty.
Munich finished with 80 percent of the possession, dominated
the shot count 27-4 and had nine corners to the visitors' none, but the home
camp was far from happy with the first 45 minutes.
"We were asleep for the first half and lacked
pace," said captain Philipp Lahm.
"We have to learn from this. It's not good enough, and
that includes in the Bundesliga."
And Lewandowski admitted the Bavarians can expect a tough
Champions League opener away from home.
"We're looking forward to Wednesday's match, and we're
obviously hoping to start a winning run in the Champions League too," said
"It won't be easy, especially away from home. We have
to play well from the start. We have to go for it."For
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