Bayern Munich Manager Jupp Heynckes Wants Repeat Performance Against Barcelona
Bayern Munich hold a 4-0 advantage on Barcelona after one leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal, and manager Jupp Heynckes says he wants a "similar" performance in Wednesday's second leg.
Speaking in a press conference in the build-up to the match, Heynckes said he thinks Bayern and Barca have an "almost identical starting position."
"Probably ours is a little bit better, but Barcelona was of course the world No. 1 team last year, and I repeat myself by saying that I don't like it to express the chances (to advance to the final) in percent, or to say that it is a high likeliness," Heynckes said through a translator.
I'm more of the opinion that we must play in a similar way in Barcelona as we did here at home, meaning with the same attitude, with the same strong running, with the same football skills, tactical skills and strength that we have shown. Then I can imagine that it will be a good outcome for us in the end.
Footage of Heynckes' comments appears in the video above. The second leg is scheduled for Wednesday night at Barcelona's Camp Nou, with kickoff at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Despite their 4-0 deficit, Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has said Lionel Messi's presence gives his team reason to believe a comeback is possible. "If there's a team that can make life difficult for teams (in this situation), it's Barcelona," Vilanova said (per UEFA.com).
It's a point not lost on Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who warned his teammates not to take a "wounded" Barcelona lightly. From UEFA.com:
Barcelona can turn the tie around—they are capable of it. Barcelona have been wounded, so that makes them dangerous. The first leg has opened the door but we haven't crossed the threshold yet. It'll be a difficult match as few teams have stood up to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. We have to be even more focused than in the first leg. It'll be tough because Barcelona are capable of great things.
But while Bayern know Barca are capable of a comeback, Heynckes said elsewhere Bayern are not planning to use defensive tactics.
"We have our philosophy and we’ve shown that we’re a great team and that we can perform at a high level," said Heynckes (per FCBarcelona.com). "We are not going to play defensively tomorrow. We’ll be brave and we’re going to try to score."
(Video: SNTV Online)
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