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Heynckes warns Bayern of Wolves threat

27 January 2012 23:53

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has urged his team to not rest on their laurels when they face Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The Bavarians are currently top of the Bundesliga, but have slipped to unexpected defeats at times this campaign, losing five of their 18 games.

To ensure that they stay in top spot, the 66-year-old Heynckes has told his players that they must impress in training to be assured of a place in the starting XI.

"You have to give good performances in training to establish yourself. I decide who will play close to the game, and I will make no concessions," the veteran coach told Bild.

Daniel Van Buyten's injury against Borussia Monchengladbach has all but assured Rafinha a place in Bayern's defence in the coming weeks, but the tactician has warned the Brazilian that the Allianz Arena club demand a high level of performance.

"Rafa is one who needs games and needs a boost. However, here at FC Bayern he must set the performance bar higher," he said.

Bayern Munich are locked on 37 points with Borussia Dortmund and Schalke at the top of the table.

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath said Bayern will deservedly start as favourites.

The 2008 German champions are ninth on the Bundesliga table, but have a woeful record at Bayern, where they have lost on 14 of their 15 visits.

Wolfsburg will be looking to keep up their recent good form, having won their last two league games.

"I'm looking forward to the Munich game, it's where my family are based," Magath said.

"I have to admit that Bayern are indeed hot favourites for this match though. They will really want to get back on track and make up for the poor performance against Moenchengladbach last time out, and they will be going all out to do better against us - they will be looking to cause us more problems as well after they just about beat us in August."

"They were excellent in parts of that game though, so we will have to make sure that we don't do too many favours for them, we can't just let them play their own game."

"Instead we need to concentrate on our own game plan and see if we can build on our win last week against Cologne as well as cause problems for Bayern."

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