FC Zurich vs. FC Bayern: UEFA Champions League Playoff Second-Leg Preview

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FC Zurich vs. FC Bayern: UEFA Champions League Playoff Second-Leg Preview
David Jarolim and Schweinsteiger battle for the ball.

The first leg of this contest ended with a 2-0 victory for Bayern over Zurich.

In what was an excruciatingly boring first half, Bayern scored through Bastian Schweinsteiger. Schweinsteiger headed the ball into the back of the net following a picture-perfect cross from Arjen Robben.

Robben scored the second himself. The goal can be described only as another one of Robben's Champions League specials.

Following the win over Zurich, Bayern recorded a perfect victory over Hamburg.

The final score was 5-0. Jupp Heynckes opted to rest Jerome Boateng and Luis Gustavo, whose spots went to Daniel Van Buyten and Anatoliy Tymoschchuk, respectively. Also, Toni Kroos was replaced by Thomas Mueller.

The defence remained steady and was hardly troubled.

Van Buyten opened the scoring with a header. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben added two further goals in the first half. Mario Gomez scored from a tight angle in the second half to open his account for the season. Ivica Olic came on and scored.

Unfortunately, Olic injured himself in the process and will be out for two months following a one-year layoff. He will be sorely missed, considering Gomez's current form.

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For the match in Zurich, Breno, Danijel Pranjic and Olic have been left home. Bayern has taken a 19-man squad to Switzerland.

Zurich will be without the suspended Mathieu Beda, who had previous experiences in German football. He played for Kaiserslautern and 1860 Munich, previously.

Nobody at Bayern is even thinking about the group stages; they are all wary of Zurich.

As far as Zurich is concerned, their coach, Urs Fischer, still believes that a miracle might be on the cards.

"There is still a chance and we will believe in it," Fischer said.

Mario Gomez, who missed a plethora of chances in the first leg, had this to say:

"If we keep a clean sheet, we’re in the Champions League. That's our most important target. There's no need for a gala display. We don't need to go there thinking we have to beat Zurich 5-0 or 6-0. We just need to go there, avoid conceding a goal, book our place in the Champions League, and go home again. That's all."

This is what Jupp Heynckes had to say:

“The team is hungry and determined to make the group phase of the Champions League."

As far as the lineup is concerned, it should remain the same as the first leg with the exception of Toni Kroos, who will seemingly be replaced by Thomas Mueller.

All Bayern needs is a goal to calm the nerves and set them on their way.

So finally, it's prediction time:

Zurich 1, Bayern 1

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