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Bayern one of the world's best - Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will look to play their normal, attacking game against Bayern Munich.

Bayern one of the world's best - Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will look to play their normal, attacking game against Bayern Munich.

Bayern one of the world's best - Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers says Celtic will look to play their normal, attacking game against Bayern Munich.

Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to show attacking nerve against Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers was bullish before Celtic’s match at Bayern Munich but is still missing several key players through injury.

Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to show attacking nerve against Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers urges Celtic to show attacking nerve against Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

German soil has been notably infertile for Celtic, who have never left the country with a victory, but the possibility of an autumn harvest has animated Brendan Rodgers on the approach to Wednesday evening’s Champions League group-stage tie in the Allianz Arena. The double-header against Bayern offers Celtic the chance of a bonus, if one accepts the original premise that the Parkhead side would be engaged in a dogfight with Anderlecht for third place in Group B and a spot in the Europa League after Christmas. It is not the view taken by Rodgers. “You never really take that approach. You go into every single game you play believing you can win, that you can get something. “Football is not like basketball, where you maybe have 200-odd points. The ball can hit the ring and bounce out and that doesn’t necessarily have a big impact. In football it is slightly different and you never know what can happen in a game. “We go into every game believing we can get something and Wednesday night will be no different. We know the challenge. We know the change of mentality in their team and their world-class players, but we want to fight to get a result. That’s what we will try and do.” Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to impose themselves Credit: GETTY IMAGES The possibility of greater reward was heightened by Celtic’s comfortable 3-0 win away to Anderlecht, which was the same margin achieved by Bayern at home to the Belgians. As they go into this encounter, both teams have three points, although Bayern have the better goal difference.     The ‘change of mentality’ at Bayern, mentioned by Rodgers, is a consequence of the dismissal of Carlo Ancellotti and the arrival of Jupp Heynckes, whose first league game in charge yielded a 5-0 home victory over Freiburg on Saturday. Heynckes, however, has ruled out Javi Martinez, Manuel Neuer and Juan Bernat, although he confirmed that Arturo Vidal had trained and would be part of his plans. Rodgers, too, has had to deal with the absence of Jozo Simunovic, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain and was left behind. When the Croatian-born central defender – who has now switched allegiance to Bosnia - has been paired with Dedryck Boyata, Celtic have looked significantly more capable in that department but the Bosnian’s chance of a sustained run in the team has been disrupted repeatedly by a variety of injuries. “He’s still young but if you want to have a career in the top flight then you have to be ready to play two or three games a week consistently over a period of time, so it’s unfortunate for Jozo,” Rodgers said. Bayern Munich are put through their paces Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I’m pretty clear in my mind what I’ll do. As a coach, you want that stability at your centre-half positions because you build your base around that set up and we’ve never been able to do that, which has meant trying at times to bring others in or change the shape.” Rodgers’ options are not wholly satisfactory. Erik Sviatchenko is not in favour, Cristian Gamboa – who made his first club appearance of the season on Saturday - would represent a gamble at right-back, but to pull Nir Bitton back from midfield would be even more of a risk against the supremely predatory Robert Lewandowski. The chances are then that Gamboa, who has at least played twice for Costa Rica, will come in and that Mikael Lustig will move infield to partner Boyata. Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to measure his impressive development at left-back against the trickery of Arjen Robben, although it would not be a revelation if the Dutch winger was switched to the left to face Gamboa. Despite disposing of Ancelotti, Bayern are only two points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table. Heynckes’ recall had more to do with their ambitions in the European arena and the belief that, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s colossal outlay in transfers, the Champions League trophy can still be brought back to Bavaria. “It is about winning for them, but it is also, like all of the big clubs, about how you win,” Rodgers said. “There is a demand on them here to win and they will be looking to go close in the competition this season but we have a duty to impose our game. “The beauty of this team is that we rise to the challenge. Each game we go into, we try and put on a positive performance and see what we get from that. We may or may not have as much of the ball as normal but we can certainly be a threat. “We have done that in European games and this is a great opportunity for us again to show that we have that nerve to play. Let’s see if we can take something from it.”

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

German soil has been notably infertile for Celtic, who have never left the country with a victory, but the possibility of an autumn harvest has animated Brendan Rodgers on the approach to Wednesday evening’s Champions League group-stage tie in the Allianz Arena. The double-header against Bayern offers Celtic the chance of a bonus, if one accepts the original premise that the Parkhead side would be engaged in a dogfight with Anderlecht for third place in Group B and a spot in the Europa League after Christmas. It is not the view taken by Rodgers. “You never really take that approach. You go into every single game you play believing you can win, that you can get something. “Football is not like basketball, where you maybe have 200-odd points. The ball can hit the ring and bounce out and that doesn’t necessarily have a big impact. In football it is slightly different and you never know what can happen in a game. “We go into every game believing we can get something and Wednesday night will be no different. We know the challenge. We know the change of mentality in their team and their world-class players, but we want to fight to get a result. That’s what we will try and do.” Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to impose themselves Credit: GETTY IMAGES The possibility of greater reward was heightened by Celtic’s comfortable 3-0 win away to Anderlecht, which was the same margin achieved by Bayern at home to the Belgians. As they go into this encounter, both teams have three points, although Bayern have the better goal difference.     The ‘change of mentality’ at Bayern, mentioned by Rodgers, is a consequence of the dismissal of Carlo Ancellotti and the arrival of Jupp Heynckes, whose first league game in charge yielded a 5-0 home victory over Freiburg on Saturday. Heynckes, however, has ruled out Javi Martinez, Manuel Neuer and Juan Bernat, although he confirmed that Arturo Vidal had trained and would be part of his plans. Rodgers, too, has had to deal with the absence of Jozo Simunovic, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain and was left behind. When the Croatian-born central defender – who has now switched allegiance to Bosnia - has been paired with Dedryck Boyata, Celtic have looked significantly more capable in that department but the Bosnian’s chance of a sustained run in the team has been disrupted repeatedly by a variety of injuries. “He’s still young but if you want to have a career in the top flight then you have to be ready to play two or three games a week consistently over a period of time, so it’s unfortunate for Jozo,” Rodgers said. Bayern Munich are put through their paces Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I’m pretty clear in my mind what I’ll do. As a coach, you want that stability at your centre-half positions because you build your base around that set up and we’ve never been able to do that, which has meant trying at times to bring others in or change the shape.” Rodgers’ options are not wholly satisfactory. Erik Sviatchenko is not in favour, Cristian Gamboa – who made his first club appearance of the season on Saturday - would represent a gamble at right-back, but to pull Nir Bitton back from midfield would be even more of a risk against the supremely predatory Robert Lewandowski. The chances are then that Gamboa, who has at least played twice for Costa Rica, will come in and that Mikael Lustig will move infield to partner Boyata. Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to measure his impressive development at left-back against the trickery of Arjen Robben, although it would not be a revelation if the Dutch winger was switched to the left to face Gamboa. Despite disposing of Ancelotti, Bayern are only two points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table. Heynckes’ recall had more to do with their ambitions in the European arena and the belief that, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s colossal outlay in transfers, the Champions League trophy can still be brought back to Bavaria. “It is about winning for them, but it is also, like all of the big clubs, about how you win,” Rodgers said. “There is a demand on them here to win and they will be looking to go close in the competition this season but we have a duty to impose our game. “The beauty of this team is that we rise to the challenge. Each game we go into, we try and put on a positive performance and see what we get from that. We may or may not have as much of the ball as normal but we can certainly be a threat. “We have done that in European games and this is a great opportunity for us again to show that we have that nerve to play. Let’s see if we can take something from it.”

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

Brendan Rodgers demands confident Celtic try to impose game on trip to Bayern Munich

German soil has been notably infertile for Celtic, who have never left the country with a victory, but the possibility of an autumn harvest has animated Brendan Rodgers on the approach to Wednesday evening’s Champions League group-stage tie in the Allianz Arena. The double-header against Bayern offers Celtic the chance of a bonus, if one accepts the original premise that the Parkhead side would be engaged in a dogfight with Anderlecht for third place in Group B and a spot in the Europa League after Christmas. It is not the view taken by Rodgers. “You never really take that approach. You go into every single game you play believing you can win, that you can get something. “Football is not like basketball, where you maybe have 200-odd points. The ball can hit the ring and bounce out and that doesn’t necessarily have a big impact. In football it is slightly different and you never know what can happen in a game. “We go into every game believing we can get something and Wednesday night will be no different. We know the challenge. We know the change of mentality in their team and their world-class players, but we want to fight to get a result. That’s what we will try and do.” Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to impose themselves Credit: GETTY IMAGES The possibility of greater reward was heightened by Celtic’s comfortable 3-0 win away to Anderlecht, which was the same margin achieved by Bayern at home to the Belgians. As they go into this encounter, both teams have three points, although Bayern have the better goal difference.     The ‘change of mentality’ at Bayern, mentioned by Rodgers, is a consequence of the dismissal of Carlo Ancellotti and the arrival of Jupp Heynckes, whose first league game in charge yielded a 5-0 home victory over Freiburg on Saturday. Heynckes, however, has ruled out Javi Martinez, Manuel Neuer and Juan Bernat, although he confirmed that Arturo Vidal had trained and would be part of his plans. Rodgers, too, has had to deal with the absence of Jozo Simunovic, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain and was left behind. When the Croatian-born central defender – who has now switched allegiance to Bosnia - has been paired with Dedryck Boyata, Celtic have looked significantly more capable in that department but the Bosnian’s chance of a sustained run in the team has been disrupted repeatedly by a variety of injuries. “He’s still young but if you want to have a career in the top flight then you have to be ready to play two or three games a week consistently over a period of time, so it’s unfortunate for Jozo,” Rodgers said. Bayern Munich are put through their paces Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I’m pretty clear in my mind what I’ll do. As a coach, you want that stability at your centre-half positions because you build your base around that set up and we’ve never been able to do that, which has meant trying at times to bring others in or change the shape.” Rodgers’ options are not wholly satisfactory. Erik Sviatchenko is not in favour, Cristian Gamboa – who made his first club appearance of the season on Saturday - would represent a gamble at right-back, but to pull Nir Bitton back from midfield would be even more of a risk against the supremely predatory Robert Lewandowski. The chances are then that Gamboa, who has at least played twice for Costa Rica, will come in and that Mikael Lustig will move infield to partner Boyata. Kieran Tierney, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to measure his impressive development at left-back against the trickery of Arjen Robben, although it would not be a revelation if the Dutch winger was switched to the left to face Gamboa. Despite disposing of Ancelotti, Bayern are only two points behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table. Heynckes’ recall had more to do with their ambitions in the European arena and the belief that, despite Paris Saint-Germain’s colossal outlay in transfers, the Champions League trophy can still be brought back to Bavaria. “It is about winning for them, but it is also, like all of the big clubs, about how you win,” Rodgers said. “There is a demand on them here to win and they will be looking to go close in the competition this season but we have a duty to impose our game. “The beauty of this team is that we rise to the challenge. Each game we go into, we try and put on a positive performance and see what we get from that. We may or may not have as much of the ball as normal but we can certainly be a threat. “We have done that in European games and this is a great opportunity for us again to show that we have that nerve to play. Let’s see if we can take something from it.”

Celtic FC's Jozo Simunovic (L) tore his hamstring in September 2017 and a reaction to the injury has ruled him out of the team's game against Bayern Munich on October 17, 2017

Celtic FC's Jozo Simunovic (L) tore his hamstring in September 2017 and a reaction to the injury has ruled him out of the team's game against Bayern Munich on October 17, 2017 (AFP Photo/EMMANUEL DUNAND)

Celtic FC's Jozo Simunovic (L) tore his hamstring in September 2017 and a reaction to the injury has ruled him out of the team's game against Bayern Munich on October 17, 2017

Bayern Munich's headcoach Jupp Heynckes took his side to the Champions League title in 2013 to complete the treble of European, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in the 2012/13 season

Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has suffered a shoulder injury and will not be playing in their match against Celtic on October 17, 2017

Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has suffered a shoulder injury and will not be playing in their match against Celtic on October 17, 2017 (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)

Bayern Munich's headcoach Jupp Heynckes took his side to the Champions League title in 2013 to complete the treble of European, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in the 2012/13 season

Bayern Munich's headcoach Jupp Heynckes took his side to the Champions League title in 2013 to complete the treble of European, Bundesliga and German Cup titles in the 2012/13 season (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)

Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has suffered a shoulder injury and will not be playing in their match against Celtic on October 17, 2017

De Gea or Neuer? Man Utd legend Schmeichel selects world's best goalkeeper

The Red Devils legend has overlooked the current number one at Old Trafford in favour of naming the Bayern Munich custodian the finest on the planet

De Gea or Neuer? Man Utd legend Schmeichel selects world's best goalkeeper

The Red Devils legend has overlooked the current number one at Old Trafford in favour of naming the Bayern Munich custodian the finest on the planet

De Gea or Neuer? Man Utd legend Schmeichel selects world's best goalkeeper

The Red Devils legend has overlooked the current number one at Old Trafford in favour of naming the Bayern Munich custodian the finest on the planet

De Gea or Neuer? Man Utd legend Schmeichel selects world's best goalkeeper

The Red Devils legend has overlooked the current number one at Old Trafford in favour of naming the Bayern Munich custodian the finest on the planet

De Gea or Neuer? Man Utd legend Schmeichel selects world's best goalkeeper

The Red Devils legend has overlooked the current number one at Old Trafford in favour of naming the Bayern Munich custodian the finest on the planet

Bayern will not underestimate Celtic - Heynckes

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes stressed his side must not underestimate Celtic ahead of their UEFA Champions League group stage clash in Germany.

Bayern will not underestimate Celtic - Heynckes

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes stressed his side must not underestimate Celtic ahead of their UEFA Champions League group stage clash in Germany.

Bayern will not underestimate Celtic - Heynckes

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes stressed his side must not underestimate Celtic ahead of their UEFA Champions League group stage clash in Germany.

SOCIAL: Football: Boateng admits to considering Bayern exit

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng admitted he considered leaving the Bavarian giants recently but reiterated he is happy to remain at the club.

SOCIAL: Football: Boateng admits to considering Bayern exit

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng admitted he considered leaving the Bavarian giants recently but reiterated he is happy to remain at the club.

SOCIAL: Football: Boateng admits to considering Bayern exit

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng admitted he considered leaving the Bavarian giants recently but reiterated he is happy to remain at the club.

Bayern's Martinez out for at least two matches

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says the team will be unable to call on the services of the Spain international for at least two matches

Bayern's Martinez out for at least two matches

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says the team will be unable to call on the services of the Spain international for at least two matches

Robben set for landmark as Barca's Valverde welcomes former side - Champions League in Opta numbers

On another busy day of Champions League action, Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben is set for a landmark, as Ernesto Valverde faces a former club.

Bayern's Martinez out for at least two matches

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says the team will be unable to call on the services of Javi Martinez for at least two matches.

PHOTO: Carlo Ancelotti Continues to Haunt Fans With Ex-Boss Featuring on Bayern Advent Calendar

​Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti's tenure at Bayern Munchen came to an abrupt end in late September, with a 3-0 defeat against PSG the Champions League the final nail in the coffin. Despite winning the Bundesliga in the 2016/17 season, reports of unrest with players along with a run of poor results meant his time in Munich was over. However, despite leaving the Bavarian side, his face will still be around until Christmas. That's because he is on Bayern Munich's official advent calendar for...

PHOTO: Carlo Ancelotti Continues to Haunt Fans With Ex-Boss Featuring on Bayern Advent Calendar

​Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti's tenure at Bayern Munchen came to an abrupt end in late September, with a 3-0 defeat against PSG the Champions League the final nail in the coffin. Despite winning the Bundesliga in the 2016/17 season, reports of unrest with players along with a run of poor results meant his time in Munich was over. However, despite leaving the Bavarian side, his face will still be around until Christmas. That's because he is on Bayern Munich's official advent calendar for...

PHOTO: Carlo Ancelotti Continues to Haunt Fans With Ex-Boss Featuring on Bayern Advent Calendar

​Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti's tenure at Bayern Munchen came to an abrupt end in late September, with a 3-0 defeat against PSG the Champions League the final nail in the coffin. Despite winning the Bundesliga in the 2016/17 season, reports of unrest with players along with a run of poor results meant his time in Munich was over. However, despite leaving the Bavarian side, his face will still be around until Christmas. That's because he is on Bayern Munich's official advent calendar for...

PHOTO: Carlo Ancelotti Continues to Haunt Fans With Ex-Boss Featuring on Bayern Advent Calendar

​Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti's tenure at Bayern Munchen came to an abrupt end in late September, with a 3-0 defeat against PSG the Champions League the final nail in the coffin. Despite winning the Bundesliga in the 2016/17 season, reports of unrest with players along with a run of poor results meant his time in Munich was over. However, despite leaving the Bavarian side, his face will still be around until Christmas. That's because he is on Bayern Munich's official advent calendar for...

Champions League - Bayern Munich Press Conference

Soccer Football - Champions League - Bayern Munich Press Conference - Munich, Germany - October 17, 2017 Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes during the press conference REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Champions League 2017-18: Fixtures, results, tables & all you need to know

Goal has your full guide to Europe's premier club competition as the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona vie for supremacy

Champions League 2017-18: Fixtures, results, tables & all you need to know

Goal has your full guide to Europe's premier club competition as the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona vie for supremacy

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