Real will feel Bayern’s heat, says Robben
Posted Tuesday, April 29 2014 at 01:00
Soccer. The Bundesliga champions are on course for five trophies in Guardiola’s maiden season after winning the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup, while they battle Dortmund in the final of the DFB-Pokal.
MUNICH- Arjen Robben says Real Madrid can expect to feel the heat at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena tonight allowing the holders to make home advantage count in the Champions League semi-final, second-leg.
Madrid arrived in the Bavarian capital holding a slender 1-0 lead from the first-leg after Karim Benzema’s winner in Madrid last Wednesday.
Real have never won in Munich after eight defeats and a draw, but Bayern must score at least twice to progress.
Madrid also have a terrible overall record in Germany with just two wins, 19 defeats and six draws, but Real eliminated Bundesliga sides Schalke and Borussia Dortmund en route to the semi-finals.
With Bayern bidding to reach their fourth Champions League final in five years, the visitors can expect a warm welcome from the home fans in the cauldron of the 70,000-capacity Allianz Arena.
Robben, who spent two seasons at Real before moving to Munich in 2009, says Madrid will be under no illusions about what to expect in Bavaria. “It is clear they will have lots of confidence because of the result in Madrid but they know it won’t be easy here,” said Robben.
“We won’t be giving anything away tomorrow. “Of course they won’t be worried, but they also know it won’t be easy.
“The Arena in Munich will be on fire. “We will give everything. We need our fans and the support.
But Real coach Carlo Ancelotti retorted: “We hope the trees will burn on Wednesday, not Tuesday, when we leave” after his side’s impressive 4-0 Spanish league win at home to Osasuna on Saturday.
Ancelotti is expected to play his lethal BBC in atack -- Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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