Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says he has been preparing intensively for the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus.
The Bavarian giants lead the Bundesliga by 20 points from second-placed Borussia Dortmund, while the Juve are in a relatively comfortable position as well, topping Serie A with a nine-point advantage over Napoli.
That means both team can afford to focus almost exclusively on Europe, with Heynckes well aware of the threat posed by Antonio Conte’s men.
“I went to bed last night with the Old Lady (Juventus) and I woke up with her,” he said.
“I did a lot of research about her, I studied recent games she’s played and I was impressed with what I saw.
“It will be a game of high quality with two equal teams. It will be very intensive and with lots of power.
“Juventus are one of Europe’s top teams. On the one hand they are very Italian, but on the other there is a lot of creativity and fantasy in their squad.”
Heynckes hailed the work done by former Juve player Conte, who last year guided the club to their first Serie A title since being demoted in the Calciopoli scandal of 2006.
“They are physically extremely strong and they are able to run a lot. Juventus are like a myth. They came back like a phoenix,” he said.
“It is a team with a lot of tradition and one of the top clubs in European football.
“Antonio Conte has done many things very well during the last few years.
“He obviously has many good qualities as the team is playing so successfully. The team carries his handwriting.”