Lahm: Bayern won't miss or mourn Kroos

The club captain has faith that Pep Guardiola’s squad have plenty of quality to cope without the new Real Madrid midfielder

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has insisted that he does not mourn the loss of Toni Kroos and that his place in the team will not be missed.

The 24-year-old chose to leave the Allianz Arena in July for Real Madrid, ending his eight-year association with the Bavarians.

Despite Kroos having played a large part in both Bayern’s Bundesliga success in 2013-14 and this summer’s World Cup win for Germany, Lahm has no doubts that Pep Guardiola’s men have not been weakened by Kroos’ departure.

“We have so much quality at Bayern that it’s difficult to weaken us,” the club captain, who has branded Real Madrid as Champions League favourites this season, told Kicker.

“I do not mourn Kroos. I’ve been around at Bayern long enough to not grieve for players leaving, even if Kroos is an excellent man.”

Bayern kick off their attempt to claim the top European title two years after they last won it on Wednesday at home to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Real Madrid are Champions League favourites, says Lahm

The former Germany international says the club’s summer outlay, which included the signing of Toni Kroos from Bayern, makes them the side to beat in Europe

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm believes that Real Madrid enter this season’s Champions League as favourites after winning the competition last year.

The Bundesliga champions were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the semi-final stage, despite having won the tournament the previous term.

The 30-year-old feels that the Spanish side will be the team to beat once more but is determined to add to his one winners’ medal in the European Cup before he calls it a day.

“The club have strengthened an already-excellent team with a lot of money,” he told Kicker.

“Real are certainly the team to beat. I want to win this trophy again. Whether with the squad we have this season or in the new three years, I want a shot at the title.”

Bayern begin their bid to win the Champions League for the sixth time in their history with a clash against English champions Manchester City on Wednesday.

Muller: Bayern are destined for glory again

The World Cup winner is convinced that this season will see more silverware be lifted by the Bavarians, dismissing the notion of a hangover from his efforts in Brazil

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller believes that the club are destined for more success this season.

The Bavarians triumphed in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup under Pep Guardiola last season, but failed to defend their Champions League title which they lifted in the treble-winning campaign of 2012-13.

Muller satisfied his appetite for glory again in the summer as Germany stormed the World Cup in Brazil and, although it’s overshadowing the start of the Bundesliga, the 25-year-old is convinced Bayern are heading for trophies

“Everyone wants to link everything to the World Cup in the early weeks of the season,” the forward, who has rejected rumours suggesting he nearly joined Manchester United this summer, told the Guardian.

“If you play badly, you’ve fallen into a hole because of the World Cup. If you play well, it’s the World Cup feel-good factor.

“Physically, it shouldn’t be a problem at all, especially for us younger guys. Maybe in October or November it’ll become difficult, mentally. But you can’t think that way when you play at Bayern. You mustn’t.

“At Bayern, the destination is always heading for titles. So far, the travel agency haven’t called to say there’ll be complications. No rebooking, just yet.”

The Allianz Arena will play host to Manchester City on Wednesday in both sides’ opening Champions League group stage game.

Badstuber requires surgery on thigh injury

The recently returned from a lengthy injury but will be out for another “long period” after picking up an injury in his side’s win over Stuttgart on Saturday

Holger Badstuber is facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after Bayern Munich confirmed he requires surgery on a thigh injury.

The defender missed around 20 months of action after damaging knee ligaments in December 2012, and now faces another “long period” out after tearing tendons in his left thigh during Bayern’s 2-0 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday.

But Badstuber, whose return to the first team lasted just three Bundesliga matches, says he is determined to recover as quickly as possible.

“I’m obviously very disappointed at the moment,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website. 

“But now I know how to deal with such a situation.

“Do not worry, I will come again. I will not give up.”

Badstuber had played the full 90 minutes against Wolfsburg and Schalke before being forced off two minutes prior to half-time this weekend.

News of Badstuber’s latest setback is a major blow to Bayern, who host Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Gotze: Bayern must get better

The attacking midfielder believes his side’s sluggish performances will pick up once player fitness improves

Mario Gotze is confident that both he and Bayern Munich will reach top form as they look to shake off a jaded start to the season.

Two months on from his winning goal in the World Cup final, Gotze was on target again on Saturday as Bayern overcame Stuttgart 2-0 in the Bundesliga.

The defending champions have now taken seven points from their opening three league outings but have yet to reach peak form as they continue to struggle with injuries, some of which are linked to Germany’s triumphant World Cup campaign.

Gotze, however, believes both he and the team will hit their stride as 2014-15 progresses.

“We know that we need to improve,” the attacker, 22, told reporters. “But for now the important thing is that we picked up all three points. That was our priority and so we can be satisfied.

“Of course we have a few injured players but every club has the same situation. The players we have available are fit and we’ve got a very good side.

“It comes with time. It’s been a long year and now it’s all starting up again. My fitness will return the more I train and I’m confident I’ll be back at 100 per cent soon.”

Bayern are next in action on Wednesday in the Champions League group stage, with familiar foes Manchester City visiting the Allianz Arena.