Gomez disrupts Bayern's preparations for Juventus

Striker urged to stop complaining after outburst over substitution
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Bayern Munich have told restless striker Mario Gomez to keep quiet as they prepare for tonight's Champions League group match against Italian giants Juventus.

Gomez complained last week that he was being substituted too often –and was promptly left out of the starting line-up altogether for last Saturday's match with Bundesliga leaders Hamburg.

"I spoke with his agent a few days ago and told him that I advise Mario urgently to stop complaining," Bayern's general director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "When you play for Bayern Munich, you must work hard and give everything."

Bayern made an impressive start to their European campaign in Group A, winning 3-0 at Maccabi Haifa two weeks ago.

But their domestic form has been indifferent and Saturday's 1-0 loss at Hamburg left them a modest seventh in the Bundesliga with 11 points from seven games.

Juventus, who drew 1-1 at home to Bordeaux in their Champions League opener, again lacked a killer instinct in Sunday's 1-1 Serie A draw with Bologna where the visitors equalised in stoppage time.

With centre back Fabio Cannavaro injured, the defence has looked shaky and Gianluigi Buffon has often been called upon to show why he is commonly regarded as one of the world's best goalkeepers.

Despite these difficulties, Ciro Ferrara's side are the only undefeated team in Serie A.

Brazilian playmaker Diego and forward Alessandro Del Piero made comebacks from injury against Bologna but former Werder Bremen man Diego looked off the pace and is unlikely to start on his return to Germany.

In-form Italy striker Vincenzo Iaquinta was rested for Sunday's match but looks certain to return against Bayern with Amauri poised to partner him upfront, despite failing to shine so far this term.

"I am convinced that this team, my team, can do better and will try to do better immediately against Bayern Munich," Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo told the club's website

Probable teams

Bayern Munich: Butt; Breno, Van Buyten, Badstuber; Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger, Mueller; Robben, Olic, Ribery.

Juventus: Buffon; Zebina; Legrottaglie, Chiellini, Grosso; Poulsen, Melo, Marchisio; Camoranesi; Iaquinta, Amauri.

Referee: H Webb (England).