Head coach Pep Guardiola added: “We still need one point for the title. Now we have to focus on Atletico.

“Tuesday’s match is going to be different. We have to play better then.”

Atleti also rested a number of players for their clash with Rayo Vallecano, but Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to settle the encounter 1-0 with a stunning winner, keeping Diego Simeone’s men in the Liga title race.

“I think at this stage of the season, when we play matches, winning is the most important thing,” said Simeone, whose side sit level on points with Barcelona at the Liga summit.

“We did that and that makes us happy.”

The memorable intervention of Niguez gave Atleti the advantage over Bayern last week and a run of six matches without conceding will also boost their confidence.

Simeone will be back in the dugout after watching the victory over Rayo from the stands.

The Argentine coach is serving a three-match domestic ban following a bizarre incident in which a ball was thrown at Malaga winger Ricardo Horta during a league match, with Simeone accepting ultimate responsibility despite denying he was the guilty party.

Franck Ribery is an injury doubt for Bayern after missing the Gladbach draw with a back problem, while Diego Godin (hamstring) and Yannick Carrasco (ankle) are available again for Atletico.