Berlin : Dinamo Zagreb face a huge test of their 45-match unbeaten run in all competitions when they visit Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena fortress in today’s Champions League clash.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern won all six home games in Europe last season and even eventual winners Barcelona succumbed to a 3-2 semi-final second leg defeat in Munich after brushing aside the Germans 3-0 in the first leg.
Bayern scored 22 goals in Munich in last season’s Champions League, including a 7-0 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 and 6-1 quarter-final thrashing of FC Porto.
Both Bayern and Dinamo won their opening Group F games this season as the Germans enjoyed a 3-0 win at Olympiakos while Zagreb produced a shock 2-1 win at home to Arsenal after Oliver Giroud’s first-half dismissal.
Dinamo’s last defeat in any competition was when they were beaten 1-0 by Romanian side FC Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League’s group stages last November.
Buoyed by beating the Gunners, Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic is daring to dream of beating Bayern in their own backyard after his side warmed-up for the trip with a 4-1 win over NK Osijek. “It’s normal to think we can play the best match in the club’s history and they can have one of the worst nights in their history,” said the Dinamo boss. “Everything is possible in sport.”
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