Berlin - Misfiring Bayern Munich head to Russia's Rostov for
Wednesday's Champions League clash under pressure to score goals and licking
their wounds after being knocked from the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern secured their last 16 place for the ninth consecutive
season with a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven three weeks ago.
But the Germans need a win at Rostov, north-east of Moscow,
to stay in touch with Group D leaders Atletico Madrid, who they host at
Munich's Allianz Arena on December 6.
Second-placed Bayern lag three points behind Atletico and
are struggling to hit the back of the net.
Their 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday allowed RB
Leipzig to finish the weekend top of the German league table.
It is the first time since September 2015 that Bayern have
not been top in Germany.
Bayern failed to convert any of their 18 shots on goal and
Germany forward Thomas Mueller is still waiting for his first league goal of
"Obviously you can't be happy when you lose top spot
and drop points," admitted captain Philipp Lahm.
"Now it's back to the Champions League and after that
we face Leverkusen (at home on Saturday). There are interesting weeks
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When Xabi Alonso hit the crossbar with an hour gone and his
side 1-0 down in Dortmund, it was the 10th time Munich have hit the woodwork in
the league this season.
Curiously, their strike rate is better in the Champions League
where Robert Lewandowski has four goals in as many games, while Mueller has
netted twice in Europe.
Having routed Rostov 5-0 in mid-September, Bayern need a
convincing performance on the road as much as the three points with their
Russian opponents clinging to third place and passage into the Europa League.
Bayern's stars have taken flak in the German media since the
Dortmund defeat and there is friction within the squad.
Ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus says Bayern are
currently missing the "fitness, joy and authority" in their play.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer criticised his team-mates after only
Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels, Neuer and David Alaba went to applaud the 8,000
Bayern fans who had travelled 600kms to Dortmund to support their team.
"Of course, more of our players have to go to the
terraces," Neuer told Munich newspaper TZ.For
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