Robben in for Ribery, says Heynckes

The 67-year-old has confirmed Robben will come in for Franck Ribery, who sits out through suspension, while Beckenbauer and Lahm added their sentiments ahead of Wednesday’s clash

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has confirmed Arjen Robben will replace the suspended Franck Ribery for Wednesday’s DFB Pokal quarter-final clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The France international was dismissed during Bayern’s last DFB outing away to Augsburg and Heynckes says Robben is available to deputise in his absence.

Speaking to, the coach said: “There is no need to be secretive about it. Providing he [Robben] stays fit and trains as normal tomorrow, he will obviously start on Wednesday.”

The Netherlands international, along with Philipp Lahm and Dante, did not train on Monday ahead of the fixture, but Heynckes revealed he had simply afforded the trio a day off.

“A day of rest will do them all good in my opinion,” added the veteran coach.

In the build up to the clash, a host of Bayern affiliates have weighed in on the match.

Franz Beckbenbauer has described the meeting as “a game of football set to fulfill all expectations,” while Lahm has claimed, “the whole of Germany is looking forward to it”.

The fixture represents Dortmund’s last realistic chance of silverware this season with Heynckes’ Bayern currently sitting 17 points above Klopp’s charges at the summit of the Bundesliga.

Beckenbauer: Bayern do not need Lewandowski

The 67-year-old has warned his former club against signing the Poland international as they already have enough quality up front

Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has warned the club that they do not need to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski, amid rumors linking him with a move to the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians currently have Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizarro as options up front, and the former Germany coach feels they have no need for another striker.

“Actually, it’s not really necessary,” the 67-year-old told Sky Germany.

“A big transfer doesn’t make any sense to me. When I look at the current squad, I notice that on every position Bayern have two, if not three options.

“Of course I would take Lewandowski. However, assuring him that he’s guaranteed to play could be difficult.”

Beckenbauer went on to say that Dortmund will push Bayern harder than any other team that they have faced of late in their DFB-Pokal clash on Wednesday.

“I think this will be the biggest challenge in months, with all due respect to Arsenal, of course.”

Bayern and Dortmund kick off at 20:30CET on Wednesday.

Dortmund will make it difficult for Bayern, says Klopp

The 45-year-old has told his side not to give less than any less than 100 per cent against the Bavarians on Wednesday as the two rivals clash in the DFB-Pokal

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is confident that his side can triumph against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, should they give their all.

The Bavarians currently hold a 17-point lead over the German champions in the Bundesliga table, but the former Mainz boss is determined to reach the next round of the DFB-Pokal at the league leaders’ expense.

“Bayern haven’t given themselves a reason to worry in the last weeks. They were able to react to anything. They rotated without sacrificing quality,” the 45-year-old told reporters at a press conference.

“I would say that this has been the perfect season thus far for Bayern Munich. However, we have our ambitions in this competition. We are aiming to be an unpleasant opponent and reach the semi-finals.

“And some of our performances in the last weeks have made us believe that we can achieve that.

“We don’t have the quality to beat Bayern by giving 98 per cent. At 100% however, it’s possible, and we have to make sure to deliver on the pitch.”

The coach also confirmed that key duo Jakub Blaszczykowski and Mats Hummels are likely to be fit in time for the Allianz Arena showdown.

'We are strong and want to beat Dortmund' – Muller

The Germany international is certain that his Bayern Munich side can grab a rare victory over the Bundesliga champions when they meet in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday

Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has warned Borussia Dortmund that his are ready to knock them out of the DFB-Pokal when the two rivals clash on Wednesday.

The Bavarians have recorded just one win over the Schwarzgelben in the last three seasons, in the DFL-Supercup back in August, but the Germany international is ready to put that record to bed.

“We know what Dortmund can do and how they hurt us in the past,” the 23-year-old was quotes as saying on the club’s official website.

“We are strong, in top form and of course we want to start beating them again. The Dortmund game comes at exactly the right time.

“With a success on our home turf, our toughest rival for the DFB-Pokal would be eliminated.”

BVB and Bayern kick off at 20:30CET on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.

Extra Time: Bayern fan site explain mock Arsenal banner

FC Bayern Worldwide issued a statement on their Facebook account making light of the Emirates Stadium’s SMS service which enables fans to report bad behaviour in the stands

A Bayern Munich fan site has claimed responsibility for a banner displayed in their side’s Champions League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium – and explained the reason behind it.

During the Bundesliga leaders’ 3-1 win over the Gunners, a section of the travelling support was seen holding a sign encouraging the home fans to text a number in order to contact stadium stewards.

Fan site FC Bayern Worldwide has since issued a statement on its Facebook page, explaining that it was intended to mock a system in place at the grounds whereby fans are encouraged to report those behaving badly in the stands.

“We, FC Bayern WorldWide, take responsibility for the banner held up in the first few minutes of the Arsenal-Bayern match last Tuesday. It read: ‘Gooners!! Text (67777) the stewards!’ the note explained.

“For those of you not quite sure about the meaning, Arsenal offer an SMS system, which enables fans to report other fans demonstrating so-called misbehaviour, such as ‘persistent standing’ – the suspect is then escorted out of the stadium.

“We were helpful enough to print the number under which the stewards could be contacted (67777), however, we unfortunately do not know how many Arsenal fans did end up complaining about the ‘rowdy’ Bayern supporters.

“The exaggerated security scares in Germany are troublesome enough for keeping our fan culture alive, but English Premier League clubs demonstrate a whole new level.

“The text messaging service enabling stadium-goers to ‘tell’ on fellow fans is the pinnacle of recent efforts to solidify the change in demographics in football stands throughout the UK.

“Without wanting to sound like moral preachers, we’d like to remind English fans that complaining about high-priced tickets etc. on internet forums is not enough.

“If you want your atmospheres back, you’ve got to underline your words with actions! Instead of using an SMS service to grass on other fans, stand together and sing, prevent the stewards from pulling out fellow standing fans and make your discontent at high ticket prices seen and heard live!”

The group ended their statement with an additional jibe at the Gunners crowd, stating: “On a brighter note, the Bayern fans turned the away game into a home game through their fantastic support and with the help of a largely quiet English crowd, which may have been dazzled by the biggest pyro show in the history of English football (as the players walked onto the pitch).”