Munich - Bayern Munich take on FC BATE Borisov in their second UEFA Champions League group stage game this evening, gunning for their tenth straight competitive win this season.

Saturday's 2-0 victory at SV Werder Bremen took Bayern one step closer to their seven-game record of consecutive wins in the Bundesliga - a mark they can equal against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim next weekend.


Before then though, they can make it two wins out of two in the Champions League and ten out of ten in all competitions, including the German Supercup and DFB Cup, by beating BATE Borisov in Minsk. "We want a perfect start in the Champions League as well," skipper Philipp Lahm stressed prior to departure for the Belarusian capital: "Then we'd have six points and be in a very strong position."

Despite their flawless record so far this season, not everything is sunshine and light in Munich. The club's director of sport, Matthias Sammer, found some choice words to describe the first 80 minutes against Bremen at the weekend and coach Jupp Heynckes admitted he had raised his voice during the interval. "We've discussed it internally and we all know that we can play better," said Lahm.

Journey into the unknown

The trip is Bayern's first ever to Belarus, taking them into the unknown. "I'm curious - I've never been to Minsk, or Belarus at all," said the record German champions' CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who also warned that his team are not going on a family excursion. "We have got to show the necessary respect," he added. Similarly, Heynckes warned that it will not be a walk in the park. "You have got to have respect for every opponent in football," he said. "That is regardless of whether they play in the best three leagues in Europe, or if it is Borisov. It is going to be a tough game. We have got to play these 90 minutes before we can think of any records.

Indeed, as Aliaksandr Hleb made clear in an interview with, Bayern are in for a tough test on Tuesday. "But we'll try to present ourselves as well as possible," he said. "Realistically speaking, it will be hard as we'll be playing one of the best teams in the world. But
the pressure is on Bayern as they're the favourites; anything is possible."

Robben out

Arjen Robben was not part of Bayern's travelling party of 19 players. Having missed Saturday's win in Bremen, he remains sidelined with a muscular injury. David Alaba and Diego Contento are also still unfit, while Heynckes is likely to rotate his starting XI once again.

Possible line-ups

Gorbunov - Polyakov, Radkov, Simic, Bordachev - Likhtarovich, Olekhnovich, Pavlov, A. Volodko - Hleb - Rodionov

Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber - Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger - T. Müller, Kroos, Ribery - Mandzukic