Just practice for German giants Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm.Even the most ardent of fans will not give India a chance against Bayern Munich. But that does not stop Bayern captain Philipp Lahm from giving respect to their rivals for Tuesday’s friendly match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”We have come here to win. We want to play attractive football and show the kind of football a top European side plays,” he said.Lahm was honest enough to admit that he has no knowledge about football in this country. “We know cricket is the most popular sport here and the only time we have heard about Indian football is when Bhaichung Bhutia played for World XIs in friendly matches,” he said.His German teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger too is well aware of Bhutia’s standing for the Indian team. “I have just returned from a neck injury and hope that Bhaichung does not attack our half much often so that it makes my task more difficult,” he joked.When asked to predict the score-line, Schweinsteiger also said the same thing what his captain had to say about the match.”This is our last match before the second leg of the Bundesliga starts. So we are taking it very seriously. We want to show what we are capable of,” he said.While Bayern is so much upbeat about the match, India coach Savio Medeira was honest enough to admit his team’s shortcomings. “Everyone knows the difference of the standards between the two teams. For us, it will be about enjoying the match,” he said.advertisementAnd Bhaichung Bhutia, whose farewell match it is, said that though he can return from retirement, if needed, he doesn’t think the need will ever arise.”I am ready to come back from the retirement but with some talented youngsters in the side, I don’t think there will be any need for it,” he smiled.last_img

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