Next three weeks are crucial – Badstuber

The Germany defender has spoken of the importance of delivering in big games ahead of a crunch period of fixtures for his side

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber believes the next three weeks will be decisive for the club as they bid for success both domestically and in Europe.

The German champions currently sit top of the Bundesliga and have recorded back-to-back victories following a minor blip upon their return from the mid-season break.

Bayern are also into the third round of the DFB Pokal and visit Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

But despite their fine season so far, Badstuber says there previous results will matter for nothing if they fail to produce the goods in big games.

“The important weeks start now for the club, for us,” said Badstuber. “We need to focus. Every game is do or die, so you need to deliver at the right time.

“These weeks will get interesting, so we need the whole team and we will try to get positive results.”

Badstuber, whose recent career has been blighted by knee and thigh injuries, is yet to feature in this year’s Champions League but urged caution ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Shakhtar in Lviv.

“Everyone knows Shakhtar, they have been in the Champions League for many years,” he added. 

“We’ve been warned about their strength and we’ll analyse and face Shakhtar well prepared in both games.”