Champions League

Bayern ready for 'training match'

2014-09-29 13:17
Bayern Munich (AFP)

Frankfurt - Bayern and CSKA are meeting in the group stage for the second consecutive season wit the Germans having the upper hand after Bayern won both matches, 3-0 in Munich and 3-1 in Moscow.

When the two sides met in Moscow in November, CSKA was already eliminated and Bayern posted its record 10th straight victory in the Champions League.

CSKA needs to bounce back from the opening 5-1 rout by Roma, while Bayern clinched a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

The Bayern-CSKA match will be held without fans, since the Russian club has been punished for the misbehavior of its supporters.

The Moscow club also cannot use its stadium, but since it is under reconstruction, it has been allowed by UEFA to use the Khimkhi Arena, where it has been playing its Russian league home matches.

Playing at home is not much of an advantage for CSKA anyway. The only "home" game CSKA won last season was actually played in St. Petersburg, because of the bad state of the Moscow field. 

CSKA has lost five of its last seven international matches in Moscow.

While it may look "like a training match" because of the lack of fans, according to Arjen Robben, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said "we need the three points because we are in a difficult group."


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