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Former midfielder warns Bayern

Former Bayern midfielder Michael Ballack, claims that the Bavarians will have to take Champions League Last 16 opposition seriously.

Besiktas became the first Turkish side to book a place in the Champions League Last 16 as group leaders.

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The Black Eagles secured a first place finish in Group G with a game to spare.

Despite cruising through the group stage unbeaten, defeating Porto, Monaco and RB Leipzig away the Istanbul giants ended drawing one of the toughest teams left in the competition, Bayern.

Michael Ballack had his say on the draw in his latest Betfair column.

Ballack felt Bayern will be the happier of the two sides regarding the draw.

Ballack said: “The often mentioned Bayern-luck has struck again. With all due respect to Besiktas and the Turkish league, Bayern will be more than happy with their draw for the next round of the Champions League.”

Michael Ballack made it clear that Besiktas are a strong opponent and Bayern will have to take them seriously.

“There is no doubt that Besiktas are a strong opponent, one that Bayern will have to take seriously (of course, as professionals, they take every game and opponent seriously),” he added.

Ultimately thought Ballack feels Bayern will have what it take to make it to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

“Over two legs, Bayern have the strength in their first XI and the depth in their squad to get past Besiktas and into the quarter-finals,” he said.

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