Bayern Munich will not alter their approach to football when they host Manchester United at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal this evening, insists captain Philipp Lahm, despite the precariously-balanced nature of the 1-1 aggregate score from the first leg at Old Trafford last week.
Bayern are renowned for their ability on the football, their focus on possession and their ability to retain the ball. Lahm, 30, achieved the extraordinarily rare feat of completing 100 percent of his 134 passes in a recent Bundesliga match - the 3-1 victory over Hertha BSC in Berlin - and explained to the official website of UEFA that United will have to work hard if they want the ball later tonight.
"We've got to do what we always do; we have to make the most of our possession," said Lahm. "[United] are very good on the counterattack [but] tomorrow we want to play our game, have the ball and score goals.
"Manchester United are world class, with great history and big, experienced players. We have to play good football, in attack and in defence. We did not give them many chances in Manchester and we have to play like that again.
"It was difficult for us in Manchester, but we worked well as a team in defence."
At Old Trafford, Bayern enjoyed 65% of the possession and completed 91% of their combined passes - 688 of 757 attempts. They reduced United to completing a meagre 68% of their passes - 164 of 241 attempts.
At the Allianz this evening they will look to improve on this as they will have the benefit of playing in front of their home crowd.