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Rummenigge seeks maximum points in Lille

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has eyed a return to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League when they face Lille on Tuesday.

Despite securing eight wins from eight in the Bundesliga, Bayern have struggled to reproduce that blistering form in Europe.

Bayern suffered a surprise 3-1 defeat to BATE Borisov in their last Group F fixture and have taken three points from a possible six so far.

“Nobody is underestimating anything, but as a consequence of the loss against BATE Borisov we are under pressure,” Rummenigge said.

“We are especially under pressure in the next two games and against Lille where we need to get maximum points, in order to minimise the pressure in the group stages.

“So hopefully we will win tomorrow.”

Both Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery expect Lille to pose a difficult challenge, with the French side desperate to get off the foot of the group table with victory in front of their home supporters.

Lille, 10th in Ligue 1, clinched a dramatic point from their trip to unbeaten Bordeaux and Neuer is expecting a tough contest.

“The UEFA Champions League is a different competition,” the former Schalke goalkeeper said. “We secured three points against Valencia and then dropped three in Minsk.

“That’s why it will be important to secure three points against Lille.

“Lille will be difficult. It’s an away game and it’s a French team. Football in France has become stronger, so it won’t be easy.”

Bayern trounced promoted outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 on Saturday to further extend their lead atop of the Bundesliga table and French international Ribery has called on his team-mates to replicate that performance.

“We have already played two group games,” the winger said. “We won one and lost one.

“I hope that we will win tomorrow. Lille have quick players and they play rather aggressive.

“It will be difficult, but we need to play like we did in the Bundesliga at the weekend.”

Mon 22 October, 2012
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