Bayern Munich boss Christian Nerlinger says his side will be ready to pounce should leaders Borussia Dortmund slip up when the Bundesliga resumes this weekend.
Defending champions Bayern, who are fifth in the table and 14 points behind Dortmund with half of the season now gone, welcome back playmakers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery for their trip to Wolfsburg on Saturday, while Dortmund are at second-placed Leverkusen on Friday night.
"If Dortmund show weakness, then we will be there, I am sure," said Nerlinger after his side returned from their training camp in Qatar. "We still believe in the title. If you saw the way we trained in Qatar, then we have the best team in Germany. The gap up to second place in the league has shrunk for us."
But Nerlinger said the squad can ill-afford any mistakes from now on. "We are under pressure from the start now, we can't afford to take any liberties or go through any more bad spells," he said. "Qualification for the Champions League next season is an absolute must, so victory now is terribly important."
And Bayern coach Louis van Gaal, who led the side to the domestic league and cup double last season during his first year in charge, says the belief is strong in his squad."The willing is there," he said. "I want to win everything, we must keep up the pressure on Dortmund."