Cenk Tosun sends message to former club ahead of Champions League clash

Lynette Rowe
February 21, 2018

Bayern entertain Turkish champions Besiktas in the first leg of their last16 tie on Tuesday, and Heynckes expects the usual suspects to be in contention come the final reckoning while he has also been impressed by the performances of the Premier League contingent.

The German champions appear to have received a favourable last-16 draw against opponents who are now fourth in the Turkish Super Lig standings.

Heynckes, who steered the five-time champions to the 2013 title, turns 73 in May, but says he still feels the "tension build" for a Champions League game.

3 - Besiktas are the only side to have won all three of their away games in the Champions League this season.

It was a typically scrappy effort from a player once described on the German Football Federation's Twitter feed as having the elegance of a swan on ice skates.

'This is a team peppered with worldwide experience. "That's the key. They will look for their chances, so we need to be prepared".

It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August, and secured a valuable away goal to take back to the Camp Nou on March 14.

Heynckes rested James Rodriquez as Bayern maintained their 19-point Bundesliga lead, while regular starters Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Thomas Muller were all on the bench.

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But Heynckes dismissed talk of rotation, saying: "I have no A or B team".

"We are an attacking team, but we had to defend".

"Every player knows their position and understands each other, so I don't think we have too many problems with rotation". There are far more benefits, because everyone feels important and stays fresh.

"This will be a tough test for us, but we want to push them as much as possible", Besiktas' former Turkey coach Senol Gunes told uefa.com.

Besiktas are in the Champions League knock-out stage for the first time.

Besiktas' team was packed full of experience but it was 35-year-old Atiba Hutchinson who played the loose pass that got Vida into trouble early on.

The Bavarians are facing the Turkish Besiktas on the same day that Barcelona heads off to west London to meet Premier League champions Chelsea, according to the Bleacher Report.

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