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HEYNCKES’ RESPONSE TO RUMMENIGGE JIBE

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BAYERN MUNCH boss Jupp Heynckes was quick to react to the statement from chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that Robert Lewandowski would have travelled with the squad if they were due to play Real Madrid and not Celtic.

The Polish striker limped off after scoring the second goal in his side’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig at the weekend.

The thigh strain ensured he was not risked against the Hoops in the Champions League confrontation at Parkhead tonight.

Speaking about the injury, Rummenigge said: “If we had played against Real Madrid, he might have gone.

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“The coach does not want to risk anything as Saturday’s game against Borussia Dortmund, which is very important for us, is in the back of his mind.”

Coach Heynckes responded by saying: “Rummenigge was a world-class footballer and a professional and he has his own opinions.

“But I have always protected my team and with Lewandowski not fit it would make no sense for him to have travelled.

“If you took Benzema out of Real Madrid and Cavani out of PSG it would make a difference.

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“But we are all big clubs and we have to cope with these injuries. We need to find a solution.

“We have to take precautions. Lewandowski will be receiving treatment and this game is too early for him.”

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