Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned his side that they cannot afford to underestimate Olympiacos when the two teams clash in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Bavarians begin their European campaign at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium as they look to continue their fine recent record in the continent’s premier club competition having reached at least the semi-final stage in each of the last four seasons.
The German giants have also made a blistering start to this year’s domestic campaign as they have picked up maximum points from their opening four matches in the Bundesliga.
Despite his side’s fine recent record, Rummenigge remains wary of the Greek champions, who have caused problems for the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United in recent campaigns.
He said: “We cannot underestimate this group and Olympiacos. Big teams like Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United have already had some tough games here.”
Pep Guardiola’s side will once again be without winger Franck Ribery, who has not featured for the club since March due to ankle and back problems, but Rummenigge remains hopeful that the former France international will return to action before the end of the year.
He continued: “I have no doubt about it that Franck will return to the pitch this year. The first thing we need now is an exact diagnosis of the problem. It could still be a while, though.”
Die Roten are the 1.44 favourites to begin their European campaign with a win, whilst Olympiacos are available at 8.00 and the draw is on offer at 4.50.