Brazil defender Dante has targeted three Bundesliga points at Augsburg on Saturday to get Bayern Munich back to winning ways ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Manchester United.
“The best way to get ready for Manchester United is to play well against Augsburg,” said centre-back Dante ahead of the Bavarian derby.
“We need to go into the challenges will full power and play with full concentration.”
Bayern have drawn their last two matches — an unusual state of affairs for the Bavarian giants this season.
Having won the title with a record seven games to spare following their 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin ten days ago, Dante admits the European champions have suffered a slight dip.
With the title already confirmed, Bayern were held to a 3-3 league draw at home to Hoffenheim last Saturday, then 1-1 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
“After winning the title in Berlin, things were a bit complicated, but I get the impression that we’re back now and we will be at full throttle again,” said Dante.
The Brazilian was suspended for Old Trafford and is itching for his chance against Augsburg ahead of Wednesday’s second leg against David Moyes’ United.
“It’s a derby, we have to win for our fans,” he said.
Bayern will be without reserve left-back Diego Contento, who has damaged a ligament in his left ankle, meaning first-choice David Alaba is likely to start at Augsburg.
Bayern are aiming to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga season unbeaten and are on a record undefeated league run of 53 German league matches, dating back to October 2012.
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund host VfL Wolfsburg needing a confidence-boosting win ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Real Madrid having lost 3-0 in Spain in the first-leg.
Dortmund welcome back Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who was suspended for the first leg in Madrid.
Wolfsburg have won their past two games and are just a point behind fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who are in danger of dropping out of the Champions League places completely for next season.
Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen are at relegation-threatened Hamburg on Friday with the hosts second from bottom and with just six games left to avoid an historic first relegation from Germany’s top flight.