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Heynckes hoping for first-leg repeat

SoccerNews in La Liga 30 Apr 2013

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Jupp Heynckes has encouraged Bayern Munich to show consistency as they eye a place in the UEFA Champions League final.

The newly crowned Bundesliga champions eased to a 4-0 win over Barcelona in the first-leg at the Allianz Arena and, although many believe Bayern have a big enough advantage to be confident of their place in the Wembley showpiece, Heynckes is keen for his side to ensure that do not fall victim to a dramatic comeback in Wednesday’s second-leg at the Camp Nou.

“We can’t think too much about the first-leg result,” Heynckes said.
“After the match we can evaluate things, but I cannot say which team is the better one. Barcelona have played at such a high level for so many years. Bayern want to prove that the match in Munich wasn’t a one-off.
“We have to take into account the rival. We have our philosophy on football and this season we have proved that Bayern are a great team playing top quality football.

“We have our culture and we are capable of scoring goals at Camp Nou.”

The 67-year-old’s thoughts were echoed by Thomas Muller, although the attacker feels the German club only need to concentrate on the defensive side of the game to ensure progression.

In football so much can happen. Therefore we need to perform well again and try to prevent them from scoring. Then it should be enough as far as I’m concerned,” said Muller.

Bayern have reached two of the last three UEFA Champions League finals, losing 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Inter side in 2010, and suffering a penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea in the final in Munich last year.

Heynckes feels the loss on home soil has been a blessing for his side and praised the club’s reaction to that devastating loss at their home stadium.

“When you experience a final like we did against Chelsea, then you understand all the consequences,” he added.

“Some clubs give up, but everyone at Bayern reacted in a very positive way. We made changes, signed good players, modified some things and strengthened the team spirit.”

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