Bayern bid for better as Celtic come to Munich


FC Bayern München are looking to regroup after a notable setback in their second Group B fixture, and will aim to get back on track against a Celtic FC side buoyed by a rare away victory last time out.

• Bayern were beaten 3-0 at Paris Saint-Germain on matchday two, a defeat that prompted the departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti the following day. Celtic, meanwhile, won by the same scoreline at RSC Anderlecht last time out. 

Previous meetings
• The sides’ only past fixtures came in the 2003/04 group stage, when Bayern picked up four points from their two games against Celtic.

• Bayern, then coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld, came from behind to win 2-1 in Munich on matchday one, Roy Makaay scoring two late goals (73, 86) after Alan Thompson had given Martin O’Neill’s Celtic a 57th-minute lead.

• The line-ups at the Olympiastadion on 17 September 2003 were:
Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol, Kovač, Linke, Lizarazu (Rau 73), Hargreaves, Salihamidžić (Santa Cruz 73), Ballack, Zé Roberto, Pizarro, Makaay.
Celtic: Hedman, Agathe, Varga, Baldé, McNamara, Petrov, Lennon, Thompson, Sutton, Hartson (Miller 66), Larsson.

• The game at Celtic Park on 25 November 2003 ended goalless. Hasan Salihamidžić, now Bayern’s sporting director, and Willy Sagnol, now part of the coaching staff, featured in both matches.

Match background

• This is Bayern’s first game against a Scottish club since a 5-1 win at home to Aberdeen FC in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32 second leg (7-3 aggregate).

• Bayern have won their last four matches against Scottish visitors in Munich, and are unbeaten at home against clubs from Scotland (W6 D3).

• Bayern qualified for the group stage after winning their fifth straight Bundesliga title in 2016/17. The German side are aiming to reach the knockout rounds for the tenth season in a row.

• The Munich club, 3-0 victors at home to Anderlecht in their first Group B game, won all 16 of their European home matches between 17 September 2014 and 15 February this year; the 2-1 loss to Real Madrid CF in the quarter-finals was their first reverse in Munich since a 4-0 defeat by the same opponents in their 2013/14 semi-final second leg.

• Carlo Ancelotti’s men came second in their group behind Club Atlético de Madrid in 2016/17 – the first time they had failed to win their section since 2009/10. They beat Arsenal FC 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16, only to lose 6-3 over two legs to Madrid.

• Bayern have won all ten group home games since a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Manchester City FC on matchday six in 2013/14.

Beaten 5-0 by Paris in Glasgow in their Group B opener, their biggest home European defeat, Celtic ended a ten-game (D3 L7), four-year winless run in the UEFA Champions League group stage by overcoming Anderlecht. Their previous win was a 2-1 home success against AFC Ajax on 22 October 2013.

• The Anderlecht win was the Hoops’ first for 17 European group stage fixtures in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League (D7 L9).

• In 2016/17 Celtic came fourth in their section, taking three points from six games. They suffered a record 7-0 loss at FC Barcelona but drew 1-1 at both VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and Manchester City FC.

• The Mönchengladbach draw, their second in succession in Germany, left Celtic with the record W0 D3 L7 away to Bundesliga clubs.

• The Scottish champions are on a seven-game winless run, home and away, against German clubs (D3 L4). Paul Lambert, Shaun Maloney and Stiliyan Petrov scored when Celtic last overcame German opposition – 3-1 at home against VfB Stuttgart in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Celtic started this season in the second qualifying round, beating Linfield FC (2-0 away, 4-0 home) and then Rosenborg BK in the third qualifying round (0-0 home, 1-0 away). They posted a fifth straight clean sheet with a 5-0 win against FC Astana in the home first leg of their play-off, advancing despite a 4-3 loss in Kazakhstan which ended a four-game (W2 D2) unbeaten away run in Europe.

• The victory at Linfield broke Celtic’s 11-match sequence without an away win in Europe (D6 L5).

• Scottish champions for a sixth consecutive campaign in 2016/17 – when they went through their domestic season unbeaten – Celtic are in the group stage for the tenth time.

Coach and player links
• Arturo Vidal helped Juventus beat Celtic away (3-0) and home (2-0) in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller, who scored both goals, all started for Germany in their 2-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying victory over Scotland on 7 September 2014.

• Neuer, Boateng, Müller and Mats Hummels started Germany’s 3-2 defeat of Scotland at Hampden Park in the return fixture a year later, Müller again scoring twice. Scott Brown and James Forrest started for Scotland.

• Robert Lewandowski scored twice at Hampden Park in Poland’s 2-2 draw in October 2015; Brown and Forrest started for Scotland with Craig Gordon on the bench.

• Franck Ribéry and Brown both started Scotland’s 1-0 win away to France in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying on 12 September 2009.

• A Tom Rogic goal was not enough to prevent Australia losing 3-2 to Germany, for whom Joshua Kimmich provided an assist, in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

• Rafinha won his first Brazil cap for more than three years in a 4-0 friendly win against Rogic’s Australia on 13 June 2017.

• International team-mates:
Kingsley Coman & Moussa Dembélé, Olivier Ntcham (France Under-21s)

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