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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Bayern not underestimating BATE

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich will not be taking BATE Borisov lightly on Wednesday as the Bundesliga side look to secure top spot in Champions League Group F.

Bayern currently sit first in the standings, having already booked their place in the knockout phase, with the club equal on points with Valencia and boasting a better head-to-head record.

Jupp Heynckes' team suffered defeat in their away match against BATE in October, and Bastian Schweinsteiger is wary ahead of their rematch.

"Obviously we have been warned," he said. "When you first hear the name Borisov, you think of the kind of team we'll beat 5-0. But that's not the case."

Heynckes, meanwhile, said: "We have to get properly stuck in. This is no friendly."

The Bayern boss went on to praise centre-back Dante, who, in light of Holger Badstuber's injury, is set to be at the heart of Bayern's defence.

Heynckes said. "He has got character, is experienced, relaxed and transfers this to the team. If he is fit, he plays."

In other news, Arjen Robben's injury misery looks set to continue. The Netherlands star has not played a Bundesliga minute since returning from the Netherlands versus Germany friendly injured in early November.

"My back is the problem," he explained. "I don't know if I will be able to play again this year.

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