Odds stacked against Marseille but Bayern Munich boss Heynckes refuses to take anything for granted
18:10 GMT, 27 March 2012
Hopelessly out of form and devoid of key players, Marseille are in the worst possible shape for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
Didier Deschamps's side, who sit a lowly 9th in Ligue 1, recently set a dismal club record with seven straight defeats, scoring a lamentable five goals in eight games.
They face Bayern without suspended keeper Steve Mandanda and the injured Souleymane Diawara and desperately need top scorer Loic Remy to shake off a thigh injury.
Up against it: Marseille
In sharp contrast, Bayern have been tearing opponents apart, scoring 22 goals in five games thanks to a three-pronged attack of Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery.
'Aside from Real Madrid and Barcelona, they're the team that really stands out. We're facing a heavyweight,' Marseille midfielder Alou Diarra said.
'They are the favorites, but we'll give it everything.'
But Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes is taking nothing for granted, saying Marseille, despite their troubles in the league, have proven pedigree in Europe this season.
Urging caution: Heynckes
'We've seen what Marseille can do, they've had some good results,' he said.
'They finished first in their group ahead of (Bundesliga leader Borussia) Dortmund and they beat Inter Milan. We can't take them lightly.'