Bayern Munich’s hope of winning the treble is on the line when they meet Schalke 04 in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side maintained their five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with an 8-0 demolition of Hamburg at the weekend, while their place in quarter-finals of the Champions League looks all but assured after their 5-1 last-16 first-leg win over Arsenal.
Bayern have won six of their eight matches since their return from Germany’s mid-season break, and talk of challenging to replicate the treble won in 2012-13 has been growing given their recent performances.
However, defender Holger Badstuber, who is on loan at Schalke for the remainder of the season, is not prepared to do his parent club any favours.
“Why would we be scared?” Badstuber said “Bayern have huge ambitions and we want to ruin them.
“It will be a tough one. We go there as the underdogs, but with respect.
“Bayern are pure dominance, the best team. We have to work against them using our own means.”