Benatia tells Bayern to be wary of Roma

Having swapped AS Roma for FC Bayern München in August, Medhi Benatia knows his new club have no room for complacency despite their emphatic win two weeks ago.

Medhi Benatia speaks to the media
Medhi Benatia speaks to the media ©Getty Images

Bayern's emphatic win in Rome on matchday three
We are playing in the UEFA Champions League. Because we won the first game 7-1, they will be angry and wanting to show what they are capable of. It will be a difficult return match, so we have to be very concentrated and focused.

Roma's threat
The quality of Roma is that every player can score. Francesco Totti is a great goalscorer, he is always able to get a goal. So are Gervinho and Miralem Pjanić. Roma are one of the biggest teams in Italy. They have big ambitions. The squad is quite young but with lots of quality. But internationally Bayern have been a bit more successful during the last few years. Anyway, the difference between the teams is not as big as the 7-1 scoreline suggests.

His links with Roma
I still have good contact with the players there. Of course they were sad and angry after the game two weeks ago. But they are still looking forward to the match here in Munich.

Benatia's own displays 
I don't think I played that well in Rome. There was not too much for me to do two weeks ago. The team played very well and that's why I didn't have to work too hard. We have lots of very good players here in Munich, so it's not that easy to be part of the first XI.

The importance of three more points
A victory would be a big step to go through to the next round. We've won all our games so far and we have to continue to play the same way as in the first three UEFA Champions League matches.

The secret behind Bayern's success at the Stadio Olimpico
Josep Guardiola is a great coach and his tactics are very special. I think in Rome he surprised Roma a lot with his strategy.