Heynckes: A battle of giants

Bayern Munich coach says return leg with Real Madrid will be spectacular

Last Updated: 24/04/12 7:53pm

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Jupp Heynkes: expecting a spectacular night

Jupp Heynkes: expecting a spectacular night

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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has expressed his excitement, ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg in Madrid.

The German side take a 2-1 lead to the Spanish capital, but Heynckes will not set his side out to play for a draw - a result that would see them qualify for the final.

And he believes Real's victory in El Clasico has enhanced the reputation of Jose Mourinho's side.

He said: "Just a fortnight ago, people were saying that Barcelona are the be all and end all, but now Real have gone and won in Barcelona.


"It is going to be spectacular. It is going to be a real treat with everything which belongs in such a football game

"It will be a battle of the giants. Both clubs have a great history and I am looking forward to it, and I hope it has a positive outcome for us.

Bayern have scored 71 goals in the Bundesliga and 27 times in Europe this season, and Heynckes does not expect the clash to finish goalless.

He continued: "We are capable of scoring at the Bernabeu and at the same time, we have shown that we don't concede many. The first-leg result gives us a small advantage, but Real have amazing goalscoring potential and have scored nearly 150 goals so we will be prepared for that."


Meanwhile, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes his side must try to silence the Bernabeu.

"Of course the stadium has an influence on the game, and we are going to have to be particularly careful in the first 20 minutes," said the Germany international.

"But if the fans then start to see that we are resisting, then I am sure it will quieten down a bit."


One worry for the German side is the number of players who could miss the final should they be booked in Madrid.

David Alaba, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Luiz Gustavo, Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng are all one yellow card away from a one-match ban, but Heynckes will not allow them to hold back.

He said: "You can also go into the tackle without getting a yellow card. I will be making that clear to my players."

And Schweinsteiger agrees that the players cannot afford to think about suspension.

He said: "We have got to get to the final in the first place, so I don't think that will actually be an issue."

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