Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh says his side must be at their very best if they are to get anything from Saturday’s Bavarian derby at the Allianz Arena
Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh insists Bayern Munich are still one of the world’s top sides, dismissing any notions that Pep Guardiola’s side are on the ropes following their 3-0 beating at the hands of Barcelona.
The injury-ravaged Bundesliga titleholders held out for 77 minutes of their Champions League semi-final first-leg clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday before a Lionel Messi double and a late Neymar strike gave the Catalans a commanding lead ahead of next week’s return fixture at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern are now expected to rest a number of players for Saturday’s domestic meeting with Augsburg but Verhaegh is refusing to kick his club’s Bavarian rivals while they’re down.
“Bayern aren’t any worse just because they’ve had the Champions League game, because every player in the Bayern squad has huge potential,” he said.
“Every one of us will have to give everything if we’re to perform at our best as a team.
“We’ll do whatever we can to get a result. If we play well and Bayern have an off day, anything could happen.”
Bayern are particularly desperate for a morale-boosting victory after a DFB-Pokal semi-final defeat to Dortmund and a Bundesliga reverse at the hands of Leverkusen prior to the clash with Barcelona.
Augsburg, enjoying a season that has thus far see them exceed expectations in the Bundesliga, sit one point clear of Werder Bremen in sixth-place – Germany’s final Europa League place.
Bayern have won six of their seven BL meetings with their fellow Bavarians, conceding a total of just three goals in the process.