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Bayern Munich hold a commanding 2-0 advantage over Marseille going into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.
Goals from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben mean the Bundesliga giants are currently on course to play against either APOEL or Real Madrid in the final four of the competition.
It is hard to look beyond Bayern progressing as the four-time champions have won 12 of their last 13 games at home in the competition, and have also won seven straight as they maintain their push for three trophies.
It is a remarkable turnaround for a club that appeared to be in crisis a month ago when a 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen left the Bavarian club seven points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, while Champions League ambitions were on hold after a 1-0 defeat at Basel in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
Marseille's form could hardly be more contrasting with the Ligue 1 club losing eight of their last nine matches in all competitions and they have failed to win a game since toppling Inter Milan on 22nd February.
L'OM boss Didier Deschamps, who lifted the Champions League trophy after the French side's 1-0 win over AC Milan in the 1993 final in Munich, admits his side's chances are slim.
"We have a chance, but it's minuscule," commented Deschamps. "We will do our best to get the best possible result, knowing that Bayern are very good at home."
No team has ever gone out of the Champions League knock-out stages after holding a 2-0 away lead from the first leg, but last season burns all too brightly in the memory for Bayern.
After a 1-0 success at Inter Milan in the round of 16, they suffered a 3-2 defeat in Munich that eliminated them from the competition, so the hosts are unlikely to be taking anything for granted.
Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes will resist the temptation to rest key personnel even though four players are one booking away from suspension.
Heynckes is taking nothing for granted and is planning on utilising the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Luiz Gustavo.
All four are just a booking away from a suspension that could then see them miss what looks like a semi-final clash against Real Madrid.
However, one player who will be absent is Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger. The club's vice-captain is out as he is suspended.
Marseille will welcome back goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from suspension. The decision to field third-choice Elinton Andrade in the first leg backfired as he allowed Gomez's shot to squirm underneath him.
The French side need goals to qualify and will be looking to Ghana winger Andre Ayew and France forward Loic Remy, who both scored in a 3-2 win in Dortmund earlier this season, to provide them.
Remy is the club's top scorer in the league with 10 goals while Ayew has seven.
Deschamps will be without 30-year-old defensive midfielder Alou Diarra as he is missing due to suspension.
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