Bayern Munich v Anderlect
Broos’ side is currently second in Group A, with Bayern languishing at the foot of the table.
“You can’t go to Bayern and only defend,’ said Broos.
‘They have to win and will therefore attack, but I am sure that we will have our moments as well.”
The coach said that he was looking forward to the game given that the pressure is firmly on the home team.
“It’s great to have our own destiny in our own hands,’ Brooos added.
‘Bayern have the best squad in the group, for them not to qualify would be a minor catastrophe.”
Anderlecht are boosted by the news that influential captain Walter Baseggio has returned from a minor niggle, as too has midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson.
Broos is likely to start with two strikers up front in the form of Ivica Mornar and Aruna Dindane, but he could switch to a five-man defence to thwart Bayern’s three-man attack.
Ottmar Hitzfeld, Bayern’s coach is thought to start with trio Roy Makaay, Claudio Pizarro and Roque Santa Cruz all playing in attack.
Hitzfeld said: “I have to make a positive statement and will play with three forwards just as we did against Bremen ([in the Bundeslige)”
The attacking formation is needed in this must-win game for the German side, and Hitzfeld believes that his superior squad and home advantage will mean that his side will qualify for the last 16.
“We are the better team, because we are playing at home and because we have to get into the quarter-finals,’ said Hitzfeld.
Veteran goalkeeper Oliver Kahn echoed his boss’ sentiments, insisting that previous experience will get them through.
“We have done this before and I can feel that the whole team is really focused,” he said. “We know that the fans will be there for us and that is what we need.”
Lyon v Celtic
In the tightest group of the Champions League – only a point separates all four clubs – Lyon know they must go out for all three points.
Lyon goalkeepr Gregory Coupet believes that his side can beat last season’ UEFA Cup finalists and gain revenge for their 2-0 defeat in Scotland.
He said: “We expect to win but we will certainly not underestimate them.”
Coupet added extra spice to the fixture by criticising the ability of Celtic’s squad.
“Individually their players may not be top class, but what the team does have is great mental strength,” he said.
Celtic will be without the injured Jackie McNamara and Didier Agathe, while Englishman Alan Thompson is serving a suspension. Defender Bobo Balde will face a late fitness test.
Despite missing three crucial players, O’Neill believes his side can get to the next level, where bitter rival Rangers failed last night.
“Yes we have a few players out, but we survived a few games without Henrik (Larsson) during last year’s UEFA Cup run and we can survive without these guys,’ said O’Neill.
‘The players who come in know exactly what they have to do so I am not going to make any excuses about injuries or suspensions.”