Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has revealed that he fears both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo’s strength in the Champions League.
While the Los Blancos have struggled to find wins in the La Liga this season, their Champions League form has been impeccable despite their struggles. They’ve somehow managed to win seven games, draw one and lose two on their road to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they face Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, their opponents for the semi-final have been in exceptional form despite a drowsy start to the season.
The Bavarians struggled to find a footing under manager Carlo Ancelotti at the start of the season, after losing to PSG in the Champions League, letting a two-goal lead slip against Wolfsburg and even losing to Hoffenheim. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was heavily criticized by the fans, critics and even the Bayern Munich president before eventually being fired by the club. But with the appointment of former manager Jupp Heyneckes, the Bavarian giants have seen a resurgence.
They’ve managed to win their 28th and 6th in a row Bundesliga title with five games in hand, allowing the club to focus on the Champions League. But with the German giants chosen to play against Real Madrid, who are looking to defend their Champions League title, manager Jupp Heynckes fears both Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo’s strength in Europe.
The former Real Madrid coach went on to say “I hope Ronaldo does not have a good day. Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, with Lionel Messi,” he said. “He is absolutely world class. He works every day, which is commendable. He has often been decisive. In games like this, the team performance is important. I hope he doesn’t have his best day against us.
“I have to say, it’s a cracking tie. A gigantic fixture, in a very positive way,” he said when asked about the tie. “I have good memories of our treble season. We played against Juventus and Barcelona at home in the first legs. I hope that’s a good omen.”
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have collectively won 17 Champions League titles between them.
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Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno wants the club to make sure that they win at the Allianz Arena without conceding an away goal, to give them the best chance of making the final in Kiev. He added “It’s hard to get to this stage of the competition and that’s eight years in a row we’ve done it.
The most difficult is yet to come, and the final step is always the hardest. Hopefully we can step up to the plate once again. Bayern are a great team and we will need to be at our best in both games.”
It’s certainly going to be a tough match for Bayern Munich unless they arrive at their very best against Real Madrid. Juventus tried to beat them and nearly managed before a tiny defensive error allowed Real Madrid to qualify through. But with the Bundesliga title done and dusted, Bayern Munich need to make sure that their best players are rested and ready for anything.