Lahm: Bayern obliged to beat Shakhtar

The ex-Germany international, along with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, is confident his side will progress following the draw for the Champions League last 16


Philipp Lahm has stressed that Bayern Munich cannot afford to underestimate Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League round of 16 – but says the quarter-final stage is their minimum objective.

The Bundesliga giants have made it to at least the last eight in each of the past three seasons and Lahm has no intention of going out at an earlier stage this time around having been paired with the Ukraine giants in Monday’s draw.

“Donetsk are certainly dangerous opponents, but despite that, we have to make the next round,” Lahm told the official Bayern website.

“Bayern’s minimum target is always the quarter-finals.”

Arjen Robben, meanwhile, was pleased to avoid Arsenal for a change, but warned Bayern should not take Shakhtar lightly.

“I think it’s good we have something different and not Arsenal again…” he said.

“We’ll have to watch out, they have a few really good Brazilians. We’ll analyse our opponents closely and concentrate hard. If we do it should work out.”

Franck Ribery is equally wary of the threat posed by Shakhtar but remains confident in his side’s chances.

“It could certainly have been worse, but let’s be cautious. Donetsk are strong,” he added.

“However, provided we concentrate and dig deep I’m confident.”

The first leg will take place in Ukraine on February 17, with the return at the Allianz Arena on March 11.

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