BAYERN MUNICH stars Mats Himmels and Joshua Kammich yesterday spoke with real respect towards Celtic who they face tomorrow evening in the Champions League.
Both sides are on 3 points and wins against Anderlecht and defeats against group leaders PSG so tomorrow’s match will go a long way to determining whether Celtic can realistically challenge the German champions for the second spot that would see them progress to the knock-out stages after Christmas.
Hummels revealed that he hadn’t given Celtic a moment’s thought until now as he has been concentrating on the Bundeliga game against Freiburg – which they won 5-0 at the weekend.
Hummels doesn’t appear to be panicking after Bayern Munich’s 3-0 pummelling from Paris Saint-Germain last month – the defeat that cost Carlo Ancelotti his job.
As he prepared for tomorrow night’s meeting at the Allianz Arena, he said: “To be honest, I hadn’t been thinking about the Celtic game until now.
“But we are at home and we are the ones who want to be dominant.
“We’ll sit down and have a team meeting about Celtic and take it from there.
“But I don’t think we are under pressure. Last season, we lost at Atletico Madrid in our second game in the group, too.
“It was an important win for us on Saturday. Apart from a couple of chances we gave Freiburg, it was really a good performance from us. Now we want to build on this win.
“Jupp Heynckes is demanding in training. He wants us to play with great intensity and we showed that. He constantly monitors us and corrects us when we are doing something wrong.
“He had a conversation with all of us. I liked what he said to me.”
Hummels teammate Joshua Kimmich revealed that Bayern are in a confident mood before tomorrow night’s Champions League clash.
However, the full-back insisted the German side will not take anything for granted against the in-form Scottish Champions.
“Celtic will be difficult opponents. They had a very big result against Anderlecht and they will now think they have an opportunity to qualify,’ Kimmich said.
“We want to finish above Paris Saint-Germain, but Celtic are in the fight as well.
“They will believe they can progress from the group, but if we can win the two games, we will be in a strong position.
“I don’t now too much about the Celtic players, but the manager will do the analysis before and we know Brendan Rodgers is a good coach.
“They will press the game and play on the counter-attack, so it will be difficult for us.
“However, we are aiming to win the game and take a step closer to qualification.
“These will be two good games. I am looking forward to going to Glasgow, as everyone knows the atmosphere there is special.”