Stanislawski: We will attack Bayern
Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski will fight fire with fire tomorrow as his side bid to become the first team to score against and beat Bayern Munich since mid-August. Bayern's remarkable record of having conceded only one goal all season - winning their last ten matches in all competitions in the process - would strike fear into most opponents, but not Stanislawski.
"You have got to emit self-confidence on the field and you certainly cannot do that if I say 'listen, lads, Bayern Munich are coming and we have all going to have to defend'," he said in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
"My philosophy is to play attacking football from a stable defensive foundation. It is also to be snotty at times and to occasionally look the opponents in the eyes and say 'come on, my friend, now I am going to attack you 22 times and it is not going to be a pleasant afternoon for you'. I will be telling my lads to shoot, to pepper their goal. And if occasionally somebody in row 37 gets their beer knocked out of their hands, then who cares? It gives the impression that we play attractive football."
However, even Stanislawski has to recognise that Bayern are "in a form that they have not been in for a long time". He continued: "But we still want to beat them, otherwise there would not even be any point in turning up." Vedad Ibisevic could be back tomorrow after coming through a full week of training without any problems, but Tobias Weis and Boris Vukcevic are not yet ready to return to action.
Arjen Robben could be back in the Bayern starting XI after making two substitute appearances over the last week. He left the Allianz Arena without a word on Tuesday, although his expression said enough after he came on only for stoppage time against Manchester City. "He was disappointed, but that was understandable," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes. "Maybe there will be room for him in the starting XI."