Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said it would be "a huge disappointment" if FC Bayern München failed to reach the UEFA Cup group stage as they face CF Os Belenenses tonight.
The Bayern chairman was concerned about his side's prospects as they head to Lisbon defending a 1-0 lead against Belenenses following an underwhelming display in the home leg. Bayern have been in brilliant form in the Bundesliga but made heavy work of the Portuguese side at home and go into tonight's return leg without goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.
"It would be a huge disappointment not to qualify for the group stage", said Rummenigge. "This is why the match at Belenenses is the most important one this year for our team," added coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. "The 1-0 in the first leg is a good, but also a dangerous result." General manager Uli Hoeneß said: "This is going to be a difficult piece of work for us"
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