Bayern Munich v Real Madrid: Jupp Heynckes has 'good feeling'

Ruben Hill
April 24, 2018

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes could not speak highly enough of James Rodriguez ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg with Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena.

Ronaldo, who has inspired Real to success in the competition in three of the last four years, is aiming to lift the trophy for the third successive season.

However, Salah looks fully focused on the job at hand and during his interview with SkySports the forward spoke about winning the Champions League with Liverpool, saying, "It's something huge to win the Champions League". They've sewn up the Bundesliga comfortably and their form is certainly more consistent than that Zidane's Madrid. They'll be hoping that Robert Lewandowski, linked extensively with a move to Madrid, will hope to put on a show for the Spanish giants.

"In a semi-final with such teams with huge tradition in the Champions League there is no favourite".

Channel: BT Sport 2, coverage starts from 7pm. Bayern Munich parade one of the oldest squads in Europe with players above 30 years and more approaching it, meaning experience is not their problem. Bayern have excelled recently using this formation, but may prefer to give Javi Martinez more support in holding midfield against a team as good as Madrid.

David Alaba, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich should all come in, leaving Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and Manuel Neuer all still ruled out with injury.

At the end of his loan spell at Roma, Salah was named as Player of the Year and finished as the club's top goalscorer with 15 goals in all competitions plus six assists.

Winners of the tie will face Roma or Liverpool in the Kiev final on May 26. "I don't know if I don't like it, but I never did it". He has had a unique career.

The effect was immediate as Bayern won 23 of their next 24 games.

Yet that was Heynckes' only nod to nostalgia as the man who was sacked by Real eight days after that match, paying the price for their domestic failures that season, said: "I really live in the here and now". They were all fanastic coaches. "I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well". When we take on Real Madrid now it will be completely different to a year ago.

"It's impossible to completely stifle Ronaldo, we can only stop him as a team", Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said on Monday.

On the lack of recent goals and form for the club: "I'm not anxious".

"Of course, he's a big topic for us in the game analysis", said Heynckes.

"We have to be optimistic, we can't be looking at and listening to what you're saying, we'll concentrate on the positive elements".

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