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Kovac expects tricky game for Bayern Munich in Athens

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Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects that they will be in for a difficult time ahead of tonight’s Group E clash with AEK Athens in the Champions League

The Bavarians ended a four-game winless run over the weekend by defeating Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga.

It marked a welcome return to form for Bayern, who now hope to claim three points in Greece tonight to edge a step closer towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But Kovac believes that they will not have it all their own way against an Athens side, who desperately need a win to maintain their own hopes of progressing past the group stages.

“I have personally been preparing for two or three weeks for this game,” Kovac told reporters on Twitter.

“The task tomorrow is very clear – we want to win the game, but we know that will not be easy.

“Victories are always important. For Athens, it could be their last chance and they will be highly motivated.”

It was announced on Monday that Franck Ribery had not travelled with the Bayern squad to Greece due to a back injury.

Although Kovac did confirm that David Alaba will be ready for tonight’s game, despite being withdrawn at half-time against Wolfsburg.