Bayern highly motivated for Celtic test: Heynckes

Angelo Anderson
October 18, 2017

Several candidates for the permanent job have emerged, with Nagelsmann considered one of the favourites after the 30-year-old improbably led Hoffenheim to the qualifying round of this season's Champions League.

"No matter how your form is you want to do well".

The veteran head coach insisted the Germans will not underestimate Celtic.

Bayern breezed past Freiburg 5-0 in Heynckes's first Bundesliga game of his fourth spell in charge of the Bavarians, and the 72-year-old is looking for a repeat in Europe. They have won their league six times in a row.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is confident they will cope without key defender Jozo Simunovic for their Champions League Group B game with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Heynckes, however, thinks that Nagelsmann would be better served gaining more experience rather than jumping straight to Bayern for the 2018-19 campaign. "We are experienced with a great history in the competition and we want to qualify".

"We're used to playing in front of 60,000 every week, so that shouldn't phase us".

Bayern will be without defender Javi Martinez, whose shoulder injury will keep him out for the next two matches.


Brendan Rodgers says his Celtic squad are in Germany to play football and score goals against Bayern Munich.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina global tore his hamstring in September and a "reaction to the injury" has ruled the centre-back out of the trip to Germany.

Former Liverpool coach Rodgers, 44, has turned around Celtic's away form in Europe since taking charge previous year.

"Last season, for example, in the group stages they drew twice in the competition against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach".

Celtic were coming off the back of a UEFA Cup final appearance the season before, and Bayern still featured numerous stars that won the Champions League in the 2000/01 season, which meant that Celtic Park was absolutely jumping on that particular Tuesday night in November.

Both teams have three points from their opening two rounds of Champions League games heading into their two head-to-head clashes.

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