Sadio Mane has jokingly advised Thomas Muller to not cross to Robert Lewandowski when the pair come head-to-head on Tuesday.
Lewandowski returns to the Allianz Area with new membership Barcelona within the Champions league after leaving swapping Munich for Catalonia simply eight weeks in the past.
The Poland worldwide joined Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and went on to attain 344 targets in 375 video games to turn out to be the membership’s second-highest scorer in historical past behind Gerd Muller.
Mane was introduced in to assist make up for the lack of Lewandowski’s targets and has made a promising begin to life in Bavaria scoring 5 instances in his opening 9 video games.
And Muller revealed Mane cheekily has gently reminded him his pal is the enemy for 90 minutes after the pair fashioned a lethal partnership over a trophy-laden nine-year interval.
“Sadio has been joking telling me to not make a mistake and cross the ball to Lewandowski through the recreation. We’ve got to play our recreation tomorrow and never focus an excessive amount of on Lewy,” Muller advised SPORT.
“Our connection on the pitch grew over time. However now we’ve got lots of versatile gamers up entrance and we don’t have a single reference. Opponents don’t know who the common striker is and we’ve got to make it work.”
Bayern have had the higher hand to their Spanish counterparts in current seasons. The membership’s have been paired in final season’s group stage which noticed the German champions run out 3-0 winners in each video games.
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There was also the unforgettable quarter final clash in Lisbon in 2020 when Bayern ran out 8-2 winners on their way to lifting the trophy.
Muller, who turns 33 on the day of the game, is expecting the game to be closer this time round and insists it will be one for the neutrals to enjoy.
He said: “We want to impose ourselves in duels and we want to be scathing after losing the ball. The game will be open. I think tomorrow will be a game that the neutral spectator will like.’”
Both sides kicked off the group with victories last week as Bayern overcame Inter Milan 2-0 at the San Siro and Barcelona comfortably beat Czech side Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at the Nou Camp with Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick.