Bayern can't afford home slip against Lille

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MUNICH (AP) -Bayern Munich will be careful to avoid a slip at home against Lille in the Champions League as it seeks to regain control of Group F.

Valencia and BATE Borisov meet in the other group match on Wednesday. Bayern, Valencia and BATE all have six points, while Lille still has to earn its first points after three matches.

Bayern's unexpected loss at BATE has put Jupp Heynckes' team under some pressure, despite its 1-0 win at Lille.

If Bayern wins its home games against Lille and BATE and earns a draw in Valencia in between, it would likely achieve its aim of winning the group.

Bayern is in form, coming off an impressive 3-0 win at Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.

Lille also won over the weekend, beating Evian 2-0. Valencia earned a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid, while BATE was the only team of the four to lose, going down 1-0 against Naftan in the Belarusian league.

"A draw at Valencia will be an acceptable result for us," BATE coach Viktor Goncharenko said. "And we would like Bayern not to lose points before we meet again. In this case we will know perfectly what we need in Munich.

"The team is fully prepared for the game and looks for a positive result."

Bayern president Uli Hoeness said his team has to "blow away" Lille.

"We've come under pressure because of this stupid loss (3-1) in Belarus and it could become quite dramatic. In case of a home loss to Lille, the situation would become difficult," Hoeness said.

The French side has never scored in Germany and is the clear underdog in Munich, where Bayern has won 15 of its last 16 European games.

Heynckes said his team would have to attack more than it did in Lille.

"We have to be more careful in the defense, but up front we should take more risks," Heynckes said.

Franck Ribery recovered from a thigh problem sustained in the first game against Lille to put in a formidable performance in Hamburg. Arjen Robben remained on the bench as a precaution but is expected to start on Wednesday in Allianz Arena.

"We are sure not to take the game lightly," Ribery said.

Record transfer Javi Martinez came on as a second-half substitute but the ?40 million man's only telling contribution was to earn a yellow card for a professional foul.

Heynckes lightly criticized Martinez last week, when he said the Spaniard "can do a lot more."

Martinez has started all of Bayern's Champions League games so far, and will likely get another chance to impress from the start on Wednesday.

Holger Badstuber is out with a torn thigh muscle, while fellow defender Daniel van Buyten is also doubtful.

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