Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez is targeting UEFA Champions League glory this season, saying that “a club like Bayern must be looking to win” the competition.

Rodriguez helped Bayern maintain their domestic hegemony in 2017/18 by contributing seven goals and 11 assists as the Bavarians won a sixth straight league title. With two wins from two this term, Bayern once again look the team to beat in the league, but they have fallen short in Europe in recent seasons.

Bayern were knocked out of the 2017/18 Champions League in the semi-finals by Real Madrid, despite Rodriguez's goal in the return leg at the Bernabeu. © imago

Between 2014 and 2016 under Pep Guardiola, Bayern were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage, before losing in the last eight in 2017 under Carlo Ancelotti and again in the last four in 2018 under Jupp Heynckes. Last season’s two legs were particularly significant for Rodriguez, still a Real Madrid loanee, as he almost sent the Reds through at the expense of his parent club with a goal in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

“The Champions League is a very difficult competition but a club like Bayern Munich must be looking to win it,” said the Colombian international, who was speaking to reporters at an Adidas event in Berlin. “No matter who the opponent is, we always have to play for victory. We always have to try to be successful."

The hard work on the European front begins in just over a fortnight when Bayern host Benfica on group stage Matchday 1 on 19 September, with further games to come against Dutch side Ajax and Greek outfit AEK Athens.

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