Hansi Flick reminded Bayern Munich to be careful with Holstein Kiel when meeting in the second round of DFB-Pokal, early tomorrow morning.
The defending champions will travel to Holstein-Stadium regretting a two-goal lead in a 2-3 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Kiel – who occupies third place in the second round of the Bundesliga – is definitely looking for a surprise for the European champion for the first time.
Thus, the Bayern manager, who will return to serve Serge Gnabry, warned that the Bavarian giants will not give a face to their challenger.
He said in a press conference yesterday: “Holstein Kiel will not lose anything.
“I follow their development closely, I really cooked with Uwe Stover and have known him for a long time, so naturally I have followed their situation more closely.
“Their team is growing stronger – they have a clear plan and love to attack.”
Flick added: “We will take this task seriously. We are expected to win this match but not always able to meet this expectation.”
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be sidelined due to a back injury, while Bayern will not risk Kingsley Coman and Flick revealed the winger “complained of being uncomfortable in his muscles.”
The former German assistant coach will only decide on who will join his team to Kiel on match day.
“We will practice as usual today, ahead of this match before deciding who will be with us to Kiel,” he said.
“The schedule is tight at the moment so we spend a lot of time at the hotel. That’s why we don’t travel before match day.”