Rotation is risky for Bayern, claims Sammer

The German champions are already safely through to the Champions League last 16 but both the club’s sporting director and Thomas Muller say they are determined to beat CSKA

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer does not think it would be wise to rest players in Wednesday’s clash with CSKA Moscow, despite Champions League knockout stage qualification having been assured.

The Bavarians won their opening four games to ensure a place in the last 16 was guaranteed, although defeat to Manchester City a fortnight ago ruined their perfect record in the competition this season.

CSKA travel to the Allianz Arena knowing that only a win gives them any chance of reaching the next stage in Europe, while Pep Guardiola’s men are already assured of top spot from the group.

However, Sammer believes resting some of Bayern’s stars would be detrimental to the team’s rhythm as they look to continue their impressive form until the winter break.

“I do not know [if it would be a good idea to rotate],” he told TZ. “On the other hand: yes. On the other hand: no.

“Because it is a risk that we could lose our momentum again when we leave six or seven first-team players out of the line-up.

“Under Pep there is a good attitude in the squad. He knows how important it is to keep momentum going.”

Thomas Muller, who has enjoyed an excellent 2014 with Bayern in the Bundesliga and was at the heart of Germany’s success at the World Cup, stressed that the German champions would not be taking on CSKA half-heartedly on Wednesday regardless of having qualified.

“We want to again play a good game,” the forward said. “We’re aiming for a victory on home soil.”

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