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Heynckes not underestimating BATE

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes insists that BATE are favourites heading into Tuesday’s Champions League match between the two sides.

The Bavarians have won all nine of their matches so far this season, including victories over the likes of Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia.

BATE shocked Lille in their first group match with an away win while Bayern picked up three points at home to Valencia.

However, due to the long-haul nature of their trip to Minsk, and with the hosts having had more playing time this season, the veteran manager feels his side are at a disadvantage.

“BATE will have a slight advantage as they play at home, and with BATE’s season in full swing, Bayern have no advantages,” the Borussia Moenchengladbach legend said.

“I must say I was impressed by BATE’s performance and victory at Lille. BATE played a great game in France, so we must take them seriously.

“BATE have become Champions League regulars in recent years and perform with relative success. They are a unique team. As for our side, we have big targets, but it is too early to speak of them.

“First of all we have to successfully qualify from our group. Playing in the Champions League is a big challenge for our side.”

Former Barcelona midfielder Aliaksandr Hleb plies his trade for the Borisov outfit, and Heynckes went on to voice his admiration for the 31-year-old.

“I have a lot of respect for Hleb, who I remember playing in the Bundesliga. He is perhaps BATE’s key player, and he has found his Stuttgart form,” he said.

Bayern midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk faced BATE while playing for Zenit St Petersburg and the 33-year-old believes they must be at their best to make it two wins from two games in Group F.

“I have already played BATE with St Petersburg. They are a well organised team. They play a physical style of football, they do a lot of running,” he said.

“With the audience supporting them it won’t be easy for us. Nonetheless we have to give our best to win the game.”

Tue 2 October, 2012
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