Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze has warned Manchester United that they could be at the end of a humiliation on Wednesday.
Hosts Bayern are the overwhelming favourites, having drawn the first leg 1-1 at Old Trafford last week. Not just that, but Pep Guardiola’s side are also the favourites to actually go on and win the competition and become the first team to clinch it two years in a row since it was reformatted from the old European Cup.
United need to score at least once in Germany to stand a chance of progressing to the semi-finals and will have to go on attacks, or least some counter-attacks.
That means that David Moyes’ side will leave space at the back and this is what Gotze plans to exploit on Wednesday.
With the likes of Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mario Mandzukic and the 21-year-old himself all set to start in Bavaria, it is indeed a frightening prospect for the likes of Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones.
Gotze has now warned the Premier League champions that they have to make sure that they do not leave themselves open at the back, or else they could find themselves being feasted upon by Bayern.
The Germany international argues that United leaving space at the back will be key, as he knows – and do most of us – that Moyes is very likely to deploy a defensive approach in Munich to combat Bayern’s scintillating attacking prowess.
“We’ll play to win, obviously,” he told Bayern’s official website. “We’re utterly determined to win, score goals and play our football. It’s been our hallmark this season and we want something similar on Wednesday.
“We need to be even more determined and committed in the final third and if they do let their guard drop, we need to get forward at speed and use any space that opens up. That’ will be the decisive factor on Wednesday.”