Roma have a one in 10 chance against Bayern – Garcia

The Giallorossi coach is not feeling optimistic about his team’s chances of coming away with a win in Wednesday’s Champions League tussle

Rudi Garcia has pessimistically proclaimed Roma have just a one in 10 chance of coming away with a result from their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The Scudetto runners-up were thrashed 7-1 a fortnight ago on home soil, making a trip to the Allianz Arena seem even more daunting as they go in search of redemption and a vital point or three in their fourth group stage game.

Roma head into the European clash having been beaten by Serie A top-three challengers Napoli but Garcia is feeling positive about his team – despite downplaying the Giallorossi’s chances to the extreme.

“We have a small chance of coming away with a positive result tomorrow, perhaps a one in 10 chance,” Garcia told reporters on Tuesday.

“But what matters is our performance. The last match against Bayern was a blip: we responded well to that defeat, drawing at Sampdoria and beating Cesena. We did then go and lose against Napoli, but there’s no shame in defeat at the San Paolo.

“We’re not worried. I look at what we’ve done since the start of the season: we’re second in Serie A and second in our Champions League group. I don’t think that’s bad.

“It’s not the players who we’re missing that affect the outcome of games but the fact the same guys are always out there. Once we reach the next international break we can get a few men fit again and then think about rotating.”

Garcia is keeping his fingers crossed that his players do not capitulate the way they did in the Stadio Olimpico last month, although he pointed out the threat posed by the swelling of recognised individual talent Pep Guardiola has at his disposal in Bayern’s dressing room.

“We hope to upset the odds but the main thing is that we put in a gutsy display, that we’re aggressive and compact,” he added.

“Bayern have six players on the 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist: we know how good they are, that’s why I say it will be tough. If we get our heads down and give them a fight we can do well.

“We want to enjoy this Champions League campaign. We’re not going out there feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ll see if we give a better account of ourselves than last time.

“Whatever happens tomorrow won’t determine anything regarding qualification; we’ll still have two games to play.”

Roma are second in Group E with four points from three games, two points ahead of Manchester City and three points clear of bottom-placed CSKA Moscow.

Guardiola ready to unleash Ribery on Roma

The Bayern boss feels the French winger “made the difference” off the bench against Borussia Dortmund and could start him on Wednesday in the Champions League clash

Pep Guardiola says he is ready to unleash Franck Ribery on Roma after his impressive cameo in the win over Borussia Dortmund.

The Bayern Munich winger came off the bench with 20 minutes to go against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday and sparked his side’s comeback, playing a part in Robert Lewandowski’s equaliser before winning the penalty from which Arjen Robben scored the winner.

Guardiola was impressed with his display in the 2-1 triumph and has indicated he could field the 31-year-old from the start against Roma on Wednesday as he looks to get his team playing to a satisfactory standard.

“He made the difference against Dortmund,” Guardiola told reporters.

“We’re playing better than I thought we would, but we’re not quite at the level where I want us to be.

“Roma have a very good and youthful side and can impose their game on you if you give them too much room.

“It’s a different game [to the 7-1 thrashing in Rome]. We’re focused on the massive chance we have to progress to the next round.”

Bayern Munich-Roma Preview: Guardiola's set to clinch second round place

The German side demolished last season’s Serie A runners-up 7-1 in the Stadio Olimpico and will be confident of beating them on home soil

Bayern Munich will make the Champions League knockout stages if they can do the double over Roma at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

The German champions thrashed the Serie A outfit at the Stadio Olimpico last time out, as Bayern ran riot in a 7-1 victory over their Group E rivals.

A stunning start from Pep Guardiola’s side ensured Bayern were 5-0 up at the break, with Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri on target in the second half after Gervinho had pulled one back for Roma.

It was Bayern’s biggest away win in competition and improved their already enviable record in the group to three wins from three, with just one goal conceded.

It leaves Guardiola’s men on the verge of making the knockout stages of a competition they won the season before last, while for Rudi Garcia there will be an eagerness to exact revenge and bolster hopes of securing second spot.

DFB-Pokal progression and a win over Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund followed for Bayern, who come into Wednesday’s clash brimming with confidence.

And, in a stark warning to their rivals, Arjen Robben claimed there is still more to come.

“We still have room for improvement, this is always the case,” he said after Saturday’s win over Dortmund.

“Sometimes we play really good football. We do not need to hide. 

“In Rome we won 7-1 and we beat Borussia Dortmund, so we are on the right track. Nevertheless, we must not think that it just happens.”

While Bayern are 15 matches unbeaten in all competitions, Roma lost to Napoli on Saturday and slipped three points behind Juventus.

Jose Callejon added to Gonzalo Higuain’s early goal on a disappointing outing for Garcia and, if Manchester City beat CSKA Moscow, another defeat for Roma in midweek would see them fall to third in Group E.

Despite a lengthy injury list that includes Maicon (knee), Leandro Castan (thigh) and Davide Astori (thigh), Garcia feels a strong start against Bayern will stand them in good stead.

“We’re down to the bare bones in defence,” he said after the loss to Napoli.

“We’re all to blame for our first-half performance. It was a mental problem and it’s something we need to work on.

“We have to do better. It might only be the first time it’s happened but we must make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Kevin Strootman (knee) and Marco Borriello (thigh) are also doubts for Roma, while Bayern have long-standing injury concerns of their own, with goalkeepers Pepe Reina (calf) and Tom Starke (foot) ruled out.

However, Guardiola has no new fitness worries as he prepares to welcome a club he played for between 2002 and 2003.

Schweinsteiger set for 2014 return

The midfielder has been plagued by a succession of injuries in recent years but is closing in on full fitness once again

Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to make his Bayern Munich return before the winter break after missing the start of the campaign with a knee injury.

Following Germany’s World Cup success in Brazil, Schweinsteiger picked up a minor ankle problem in Bayern’s close-season preparations before irritation around the patellar tendon prevented him from returning to competitive club action.

The midfielder, 30, has been ruled out of the early stages of Bayern’s Bundesliga defence as a result, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the midfielder was set to return before the turn of the year.

“He is likely to come back in 2014,” he told Kicker.

“All is okay. He may get back into the team’s training in the next international break.”

Bayern’s final game before the mid-season break comes against Mainz at the Coface Arena on December 19, with the club currently top of the Bundesliga and their Champions League group in Schweinsteiger’s absence.

Sammer wants end to Bayern-Dortmund dispute

The Bundesliga duo have been locked in an escalating war of words over the Bavarians’ public pursuit of Signal Iduna Park star Marco Reus

Matthias Sammer wants an end to the hostility between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, arguing that everyone should accept that mistakes were made on both sides.

The Bundesliga duo have long been considered big rivals on the field but the off-field tension between the two clubs has increased significantly over the past couple of seasons.

Dortmund were enraged by the way in which Mario Gotze’s imminent move to Bayern was leaked to the press before a crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid last year.

Robert Lewandowski’s subsequent free transfer to the Allianz Arena hardly helped matters but relations reached a new low this summer after Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly discussed the buy-out clause in Marco Reus’ BVB contract.

However, Sammer, who represented Dortmund during his playing career, feels that both clubs should accept some blame for the way in which the dispute has escalated so that nobody has to deal with any more questions from the media on the issue.

“Individual errors were made on both sides, no question about it,” the Bayern sporting director admitted during an interview with Sky.

“We’re discussing this strained relationship far too much at the moment.

“This focus of the discussion is completely unnecessary.”

Bundesliga leaders Bayern beat Dortmund 2-1 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season while at the same time dropping BVB down to 16th place in the standings.