​Xabi Alonso has warned that Bayern Munich face a tough tie against VfL Bochum 1848 on Wednesday evening, despite their opponents' lowly position in the league. 


Alonso was sent off in Bayern's game against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but will still be eligible to face second-tier Bochum in the DFB Cup quarter-final at the rewirpowerSTADION. 


Speaking to ​bundesliga.com, Alonso said: "We took one more point [against Leverkusen]. It could have been better but that’s how it is. Bochum is an important game because we want to get to the next round of the Cup. We're in the quarters now and even though they're from Bundesliga 2 it will be a difficult game. Now we are in the rhythm of a game every three days and we know that's complicated."

Bayer Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

His manager Pep Guardiola expressed a similar sentiment, telling a press conference: "In the Cup you just get one game. For that reason it's like a final. It will be a tough game but I'm confident in my team.


"Bochum have quick players out wide and a lot of quality in the centre. [They're going to play] forward, forward, forward. They'll be very aggressive. We hardly gave away any chances in Leverkusen, though. That was a step forward."


Bochum boss Gertjan Verbeek admitted he was looking forward to the match, saying: "Plenty of people are saying that we have nothing to lose. But we have a chance of playing in the semi-finals to lose. Of course it's going to be tough: Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe.


"That said, we'll be allowed to play our game against them which is good. It'll be a good match to watch. I’d rather play twice a year against Bayern, though. That's what we're working towards. But we're not quite there yet so you need to make the most of these sort of cup games."


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Bayer Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga