Champions League

If anyone can beat Real, it's Bayern - Rummenigge

2018-04-18 15:03
Arjen Robben (AFP)

Berlin - Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid ahead of next Wednesday's home Champions League semi-final, first leg.

"We have to keep our concentration until next Wednesday, but if anyone can beat Real Madrid at the moment, it's FC Bayern," boasted Rummenigge.

Bayern host the first leg at Munich's Allianz Arena with the return at Madrid's Bernabeu on May 1.

The German giants warmed up by romping to a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the German Cup semi-final.

"It was a demonstration of the footballing quality of our team," added Rummenigge.

"To be a FC Bayern fan must be paradise at the moment.

"The team clearly has a tremendous quality for achieving everything it wants to."

Bayern could repeat their 2013 treble.

They are in the German Cup final on May 19 and have already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title.

The Bavarian giants ran riot in Leverkusen as Germany forward Thomas Mueller scored twice and helped set up the opening goal in a man-of-the-match performance.

Star striker Robert Lewandowski was credited with two more goals to add to his 38 in 42 matches this season for Bayern.

Having led 2-1 at the break, Bayern turned on the style in the second-half.

Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara and Mueller, twice, hit four goals in a devastating 26-minute spell.

Leverkusen are third in the Bundesliga, but trail Bayern by a massive 24 points and the gulf in class showed.

"It was a football demonstration for a long period," beamed Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes.

"We put in a top performance against a good opponent.

"We were incredibly motivated and focused.

"We're in a really good mood."

Heynckes heaped praise on Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who made outstanding saves to twice deny Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.

'Dominant team'

"We were the dominant team, but there were always situations where Sven Ulreich saved us. He was outstanding," said Heynckes.

Mueller agreed.

"That was advertising for German football," said the Germany forward.

"We were 2-0 ahead, then it was 2-1 and Ulle (Ulreich) kept us in the game with two saves.

"The team did a great job, of course we want more - we feel it's possible."

Real Madrid knocked Bayern out of the Champions League last season at the quarter-final stage.

The Spaniards won 2-1 in Munich as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo netted two second-half goals before Bayern lost 4-2 in the second leg in Madrid.

Nevertheless, Bayern are in the mood to deny Ronaldo and his Real team a third straight Champions League title this season.

"If we play like we did (against Leverkusen), it'll be hard for Real too," said Bayern goalkeeper Ulreich.

 

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Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen, Wanda Metropolitano 18:55
Juventus v Lokomotiv Moscow, Allianz Stadium 21:00
Manchester City v Atalanta, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Club Brugge v Paris SG, Jan Breydel Stadion 21:00
Olympiacos v Bayern Munchen, Karaiskakis Stadium 21:00
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Benfica v Lyon, da Luz 21:00
Slavia Prague v Barcelona, Eden Arena 21:00
Genk v Liverpool, Luminus Arena 21:00
Red Bull Salzburg v Napoli, Red Bull Arena 21:00
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Lille v Valencia, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 21:00
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Zenit St. Petersburg v RB Leipzig, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Genk, Anfield 22:00
Lyon v Benfica, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Valencia v Lille, Mestalla 22:00
Napoli v Red Bull Salzburg, San Paolo 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Ajax, Stamford Bridge 22:00
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Atalanta v Manchester City, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid, BayArena 22:00
Dinamo Zagreb v Shakhtar Donetsk, Maksimir Stadium 22:00
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Real Madrid v Galatasaray, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Tottenham Hotspur, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
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Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
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Valencia v Chelsea, Mestalla 19:55
Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
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