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Madrid hold no fears for Bayern Munich

25 April 2012 00:55

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes denies his side fear Real Madrid ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.

Bayern head to Spain with a 2-1 lead to take on a Real side that all-but wrapped up the La Liga title at the weekend.

But Heynckes believes Bayern have an advantage going into Wednesday's game because they are not chasing the German title anymore after Borussia Dortmund claimed that trophy on Saturday.

"I know the word fear and I know that my team does not have any," Bayern's manager said on Tuesday.

"We have respect for a team such as Real Madrid, who four days ago in El Clasico beat Barcelona 2-1.

"It was a special feat for them and they proved that they are in top form, probably the best they've been in all season.

"I also think that, right now, we are also performing well and we can focus on only the one aspect which is tomorrow's match."

Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger identified the passionate Madrid crowd as a key factor in the Champions League clash.

"Their fans will have a great influence in the game," Schweinsteiger said.

"It will be a highly emotional match and the first couple of minutes will be very important, so we will attempt to do our best and we'll see how things develop."

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is excited about playing at Real's stadium for the first time and is confident his side can qualify for the Champions League final, which will be played in Munich.

"Bernabeu is a great stadium and it's my first time playing there, so it will be a joyful experience for me," Neuer said.

"We are in a good position to go through and expect to play a good match."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
25 April 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Extra-time
2 - 1
Penalties
1 - 3
On aggregate
3 - 3
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
71654

Goals

1 - 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 14'
(assist by M. Özil) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
27' A. Robben (PG)
 (assist by M. Gómez)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
21
17
27 5'
28 104'
10 27' 90'
31
7
30 102'
39
33
Coach: J. Heynckes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
20
11 115'
13
15
18
21
# Player Bookings
25
11
13
22
23
26
44

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