Favre`s Gladbach to test `near perfect` Bayern
Borussia Moenchengladbach`s Lucien Favre plans to attack the weaknesses in the `near perfect` defence of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich for Sunday`s clash at the Bavarians` seemingly impregnable Allianz Arena fortress.
Bayern have won 11 of their 12 league games at home this season with just one draw, but Favre says third-placed `Gladbach can unpick the lock on Bayern`s defence, which has leaked just four goals at home this season in the Bundesliga.
"I prepare for every game for us to be able to win it, regardless of whom we`re playing," said Gladbach coach Favre.
"Every team has their little weak spots. Perfection is impossible in football -- even if Bayern sometimes get close to it.
"There are details in each game which not everyone sees.
"We aren`t afraid, it is possible to pick up points in Munich.
"We have always done well there, but we have to play fast and think fast."
Gladbach have lost and drawn their last two matches at the Allianz Arena since earning a shock 1-0 win there in August 2011.
They may be third in Germany`s top flight but Gladbach are already a massive 20 points adrift of Guardiola`s Bavarian giants, who are on course for a third straight league title.
"We have always tried to play them at their own game, but we need to hold our own in terms of possession," added Favre.
Gladbach are on course to claim one of Germany`s three automatic Champions League places next season and defender Alvaro Dominguez says they can join Wolfsburg in becoming the only domestic sides to beat Bayern this season.
"We can beat anyone, including Bayern," said the 25-year-old Spaniard.
"We mustn`t allow ourselves to have any fear, if we try to play them at their own game, we`ll have lost already."
As Germany`s sole representative in the Champions League`s quarter-finals, where they face FC Porto home and away next month, Bayern are focused on building on their 11-point lead going into the weekend.
"I have only Borussia Moenchengladbach in my head: first against third, it will be an exciting duel," said Bayern`s director of sport Matthias Sammer after Friday`s Champions League draw in Nyon.
Bayern are set to welcome back Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who has scored 17 goals in 20 games this season, after missing their last game with a trapped nerve.
But France winger Franck Ribery is struggling to be fit in time after struggling with an ankle injury.
"I am doing all I can, but it looks as though I won`t be able to play," the Frenchman told German daily Bild.