KHIMKI /Moscow Region/, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. An extremely high level of Bayern Munich’s expertise will be the most dominant advantage of the German football club in its Champions League’s Group E away encounter with Russia’s CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, Leonid Slutsky, the head coach of the Russian FC, said on Monday.
European heavyweights Bayern, who are currently on an undefeated roll in their Bundesliga this season, will hit the Khimki Arena in Moscow on Tuesday night to test the strength of CSKA Moscow, who suffered two weeks ago a crushing 1-5 defeat from AS Roma in their Champions League opener.
Bayern Munich played their Champions League opener at home on September 17 defeating Manchester United 1-0 and came to Moscow as favorites to win the upcoming match with CSKA.
“Last year we suffered painful defeats from Bayern Munich and Manchester United,” Slutsky continued. “All football players are very ambitious people and it is not easy in terms of self-believe when one realizes that there are much stronger players.”
Setting aside the high level of skills of their opponents, CSKA faces another uncomfortable condition during the upcoming game as the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) earlier ordered the Moscow club to play in the empty arena following their fans poor behavior last December during the match against Viktoria Plzen FC.
“As for the match without spectators and sanctions in regard to the club, they would not directly impact the playing ability,” Slutsky said. “However, it is not pleasant to play without spectators.”Pep Gaurdiola, the head coach of Bayern FC, said he knew CSKA very well as both clubs played more than once in European competitions and said it would be strange and even “comical” to play in front of the empty stadium seats.
Gaurdiola also said he hoped that it would be his first and the last match to be played at the empty stadium as he and his club were accustomed to play in front of large crowds of football spectators.
Bayern Munich enjoyed on Saturday 2-0 victory over Cologne FC in their Bundesliga competition and spent the night in Cologne before setting off to Moscow on Sunday.
However, the squad and staff of the German football club had a troubling night at their Ritz-Carlton hotel as they were evacuated late on Sunday night following an anonymous bomb threat at the hotel.
“At 22:20 Moscow time [18:20 GMT] on Sunday we received a telephone call about a bomb threat,” a spokesman for the hotel told Itar-Tass. “We have immediately notified the law enforcement bodies and began a standard procedure of guests’ evacuation at 22:51 Moscow time [18:51 GMT].”
“Very soon bomb disposal experts with bomb-sniffing dogs began searching the hotel and fortunately found nothing,” the spokesman said. “At 0:30 Moscow time on Monday we were told that all evacuated guests could return back to their rooms.”
He also said that the German club’s players and staff calmly accepted the situation and “took it even with humor as many of them were taking pictures of the developments.”
The spokesman added that the hotel management was currently considering several options of compensations to hotel guests for being subjected to emergency inconveniences.