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Paderborn prepare for the real Bayern

Paderborn prepare for the real Bayern

Bayern Munich will be aiming to get back to winning ways at Paderborn in the Bundesliga following their draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The German champions were disappointed to be held goalless in Ukraine on Tuesday in the first leg of their last 16 tie.

Pep Guardiola's side will be expected to bounce back this weekend after sporting director Matthias Sammer said the performance against Shakhtar did not reflect "the real Bayern Munich".

"Everyone can see we have room to improve before we reach peak form and that's the message for the next few days," he said. "We have to shift up a gear."

Bayern, who are currently eight points clear at the top of the table, beat Paderborn 4-0 in Munich in September.

Paderborn earned a vital win at Hanover last time out as they seek to avoid a swift return to the second division.

Their manager Andre Breitenreiter dismissed the theory that Bayern are not near their best by pointing out the result of the Bavarians' last league match.

"After their 8-0 win over Hamburg, I'm looking forward to seeing what awaits us," he said on Thursday.

Bayern were handed a boost on Thursday when midfielder Thiago Alcantara came through some light training following knee surgery. The 23-year-old Spanish international last played in March 2014.

Captain Philip Lahm also returned to training this week with a view to playing again in a month's time.

Tags: Bayern Munich | bundesliga | Paderborn | soccer

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