Paderborn-Bayern Munich Preview: Sammer demands improvement from Bundesliga leaders

An 8-0 destruction of Hamburg was followed by a disappointing performance against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek and the club director wants to see the side hit top form

They may have won their last Bundesliga game 8-0, but Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has called for improvement ahead of their trip to Paderborn.

As proof of just how impeccably high the standards at Bayern are, Sammer has demanded the side gets better after a goalless Champions League draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Most clubs would be pleased with an away draw and Pep Guardiola’s men now know victory at home will be enough to progress to the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

But not Bayern, with Sammer not in a mood to be complacent following their stalemate.

“Everyone can see we have room to improve before we reach peak form, and that’s the message for the next few days,” Sammer told the club’s official website after the Shakhtar draw.

“We have to shift up a gear. Our performance today was okay, but it wasn’t great … we need to improve.”

A return to winning ways is more than likely for a Bayern side who sit eight points clear of Wolfsburg at the top of the table.

Bayern thrashed Hamburg last Saturday, with Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze all scoring doubles. The win was the club’s biggest in over 30 years and will have Paderborn’s defence on high alert.

After a bright start, Paderborn’s maiden Bundesliga season looks like ending in a relegation fight.

They hauled themselves two points clear of the bottom three with a 2-1 win at Hannover last time out – their first league victory since November.

Paderborn were on top of the Bundesliga before losing 4-0 to Bayern in September.

Gotze scored twice in that victory, while Muller and Robert Lewandowski also netted as the sides met in the Bundesliga for the first time.

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