Robben takes Shakhtar seriously

17 February 2015 05:42:44 EST

Bayern Munich ace Arjen Robben says his side will need to be at their best to cope with the threat of Shakhtar Donetsk in their Champions League last-16 tie.

The German champions are in Ukraine for the first leg of their knockout tie on Tuesday evening, with Dutch forward Robben well aware that he and his team-mates face a very dangerous outfit.

They are very dangerous, have some very fast Brazilians and are very dangerous on the counter-attack.

Arjen Robben

He said ahead of the game: "I have a feeling that some people might underestimate Shakhtar, but this is a very, very good team.

"They are very dangerous, have some very fast Brazilians and are very dangerous on the counter-attack. We need to show our power in this game."

Meanwhile, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also wary of the threat posed by Shakhtar, whose Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano tied the record for the most goals in the group stage in a single season, netting nine times.

He told the club's official website: "We will certainly not be underestimating our opponents. It's an important Champions League game.

"They are a side with plenty of Brazilians and a very wise coach. We want to get a result there that opens the door to a place in the quarter-finals for us."

Bayern are still without injured trio Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara for the game in Ukraine, with the hosts having Taras Stepanenko absent due to suspension.

The men from Munich are 1/1 to secure a draw on Tuesday evening and are 1/1 to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Shakhtar, while Bayern can be backed at 1/1 to win the Champions League this season.

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