Bayern Munich looking to stretch winning run despite injuries

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Bayern Munich are battling a growing injury list and travel with an 18-man squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Galatasaray, but coach Thomas Tuchel said nothing has changed in their plans to win the game and top Group A.

The Bavarians, who have won 15 UCL group-stage games, are without midfielders Rafael Guerreiro and Leon Goretzka in addition to central defender Deot Upmechano. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still working on his comeback.

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He suffered the injury in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Mainz.

Tuchel said Moroccan defender Nussair Mazraoui, injured on international duty, was with the squad and should be fit in time for the game.

“We accelerated the recovery and maybe took a bit of risk in the last days. So he participated fully in training today and if there is no reaction overnight I think he can play,” Tuchel told a news conference on Monday.

Mazrawi sparked outrage a few days ago with social media posts related to the Israel-Hamas war, but the club refrained from taking any disciplinary action.

Bayern lead the group with six points from two games and Galatasaray are second in four, out to extend their record unbeaten run, 36 Champions League group stage matches without defeat, including 33 wins and three draws.

Two goals from Argentina forward Mauro Icardi extended Galatasaray’s side’s winning streak to six matches since a draw with Copenhagen as they beat city rivals Besiktas 2-1 on Saturday.

FC Copenhagen are third on one point, with Manchester United, who lost to Bayern and Galatasaray, in last.

“We feel ready to win a very difficult game tomorrow,” Tuchel said. “This competition has to be played step by step. We feel strong enough to win the group and that is our aim.

“It makes no sense to compare our squad with teams that are not in our group,” Tuchel said when asked to compare his side to other title contenders.

Tuchel had previously complained that the team lacked options in defense due to Bayern’s offseason transfer dealings following Benjamin Pavard’s move to Inter Milan and the departure of Josip Stanisic on loan to Bayer Leverkusen.

“Now it’s about using everything we have. Using all the resources and giving the boys confidence,” Tuchel said on Saturday. “Now we can only recover, recover, recover at the highest level and then we go back to Istanbul.”

This story used information from Reuters and The Associated Press.

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