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Heynckes on Real Madrid match: “It’s a cracker of course”

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Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is excited at the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League

The two sides were drawn to face each other earlier today and will meet for the first leg at the Allianz Arena on April 25, before meeting again for the return leg a week later at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Heynckes, who earlier today announced he would be stepping down from his role at Bayern for a fourth time at the end of the season, is excited at facing his former club one more time in a clash that he believes will be full attractive football with two quality sides.

“It’s a cracker of course, a clash of giants in a positive sense. Two teams with great tradition in European and world football face off, both play attractive football and love the sport. It’s a difficult draw for both sides. But we don’t know whether it would have been easier against Roma or Liverpool. We have to take it as it is. I don’t think the draw is particularly inconvenient.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.

Bayern Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who used to play for the club during his playing days, was not quite as enthusiastic as the head coach. But the Bosnian was confident that the squad have the talent at their disposal to avoid a repeat of last season’s defeat to the Spanish giants.

“They’re top opponents, that’s clear. Real have great qualities. They only have top-class players, but we too have a really good team. I trust our lads. Our coach knows Real best. We were eliminated by them last year, we want to do better this time. We want to make it to the final. We have great respect but no fear. We’ll do everything to go to Kyiv.” said the former midfielder.