Summary

  • Bayern three points behind Group D leaders Atletico.
  • Ancelotti's men thrashed Rostov 5-0 on Matchday 1.
  • Neuer misses first game of the season with calf injury.

FC Bayern München will be determined to put defeat in Der Klassiker firmly behind them as they look to remain in contention to win their UEFA Champions League group at FC Rostov on Wednesday (kick-off 18:00CET/17:00GMT).

Bayern slipped off the top of the Bundesliga for the first time since September 2015 after going down 1-0 to rivals Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 11.

"We failed to deliver the final pass," admitted captain Philipp Lahm, after the Dortmund loss. "It was never accurate enough. Otherwise we would have had a lot of chances. We have to accept the defeat."

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Now the Bavarians are determined to hit back, and what better way to do so than by making it two wins from two against Rostov in Champions League Group D?

"We want to carry on and give ourselves a chance of winning the group on the final matchday," said Lahm. "That means we have to win tomorrow."

Carlo Ancelotti's men will hope to be inspired by their 5-0 rout of Rostov in the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena. Joshua Kimmich starred with a brace, while Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Juan Bernat all got on the scoresheet as well.

Joshua Kimmich (l.) scored his first Champions League goals with a brace against Rostov. © imago / Nordphoto

Bayern are currently three points behind Club Atletico de Madrid in Group D, but a win in Russia will keep them in the hunt for top spot. Atletico - who needed an injury-time winner against Rostov last time out - entertain PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, before travelling to the Allianz Arena on Matchday 6.  

Meanwhile, Manuel Neuer is set to miss his first game of the season for Bayern. The Germany goalkeeper sat out Monday's training session because of a tight calf, and Ancelotti has chosen not to take any risks with his number one custodian. Neuer will remain in Bavaria and try to recover in time for Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Manuel Neuer will miss his first game of the season on Wednesday when Bayern face Rostov in Russia. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Lukas Schulze

That means that Sven Ulreich is in line to make his first appearance of the season. This will be just his third start for Bayern, although not his first taste of Champions League football - he stood in for Neuer last December, in a 2-0 group stage win over GNK Dinamo Zagreb.  

"Sven has always done well," said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, when confirming that the former VfB Stuttgart keeper would play against Rostov. "He was very good in Zagreb."

Having already secured their place in the Round of 16, Bayern have now set their sights on finishing top of their Champions League group for the seventh season in a row. And after grappling with Rostov, they will get back down to the important business of returning to the summit of the Bundesliga. Leverkusen have been warned.

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