With the Champions League final in Munich this season, expectation weighs heavily on big-spending Bayern Munich as it prepares to host FC Zurich in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs.

Munich will host the final next May, and a desire not to miss out on its own party prompted the four-time champions to spend close to ?44 million ($63 million) on new players in the offseason.

Failure to even reach the group stage - for only the second time since 1997-98 - would shatter Bayern's hope of recovering some of that.

Coach Jupp Heynckes cannot afford a slip-up against the Swiss runners-up, who hope to make their second appearance in the group stage.