The former FCB player has the utmost admiration for Pep Guardiola’s men but is still optimistic about Augsburg’s chances of upsetting their fellow Bavarians
Augsburg midfielder Markus Feulner is concerned by Bayern Munich’s “brutal” quality ahead of Saturday’s crunch Bundesliga clash.
Whereas Pep Guardiola’s men were expected to once again dominate the German top flight in 2014-15, their Bavarian neighbours have proven the surprise package of the season so far, currently sitting third in the table, above fellow Champions League-place chasers Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Consequently, while Feulner has the utmost admiration for his former club, he says Augsburg will relish the chance to replicate last season’s shock win over the Bavarians.
“It’s not a problem,” the midfielder told TZ when asked about the prospect of facing unbeaten Bayern. “We’re at home and we know that they lost last time they played here.
“We will go out to enjoy the game, to have fun! Although Bayern have a brutal quality to them.
“I focus mainly on my duties for Augsburg but, of course, one observes his former club now and again, especially in the Champions League.
“Also, I know many of their players – both from my time with Dortmund as well as from my early days at Bayern. It is sensational how stable their team’s become. They’re are top-of-the-range excellence now.”
Feulner, who has made seven Bundesliga appearances since joining Augsburg in the summer, believes that a terrific team spirit has been crucial to their ascent up the table in recent weeks.
“I’m familiar with both extremes of the Bundesliga,” the veteran midfielder added. “At the moment we’re in a very nice situation. But we know that as a team we are yet to achieve anything.
“We want to work on securing a spot high up in the Bundesliga, to make a splash amongst the big guns. We have great team unity – everybody knows what their role is and everybody brings their best performances.
“You can see over the past few years that Augsburg are on an upward trend, that’s no coincidence.”
Augsburg might be third in the Bundesliga but they are 12 points adrift of runaway leaders Bayern.