Champions League - Bayern Munich vs Sevilla
Bayern Munich should not be satisfied with Sevilla in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, said winger Arjen Robben. The German champions, Bayern, who won 2-1 last week in Seville, want to reach the seventh European semi-finals in nine years. Bayern Munich has always been favorites for the tie, and it seems they are heading to the semi-finals after breaking the neck of the Sevilla team with a 2-1 away win in the first leg.
Sevilla have dreamed of a time when Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring for them, but this dream lasted only 5 minutes before Jesus Navas scored an own goal in February sealing the game and Thiago Alcantara sealed a 2-1 lead for the visitors.
Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the last round.
"We have to be careful," Robben said. "They did a brilliant job in Manchester and we know we have to act."
French striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored both goals in Sevilla's 2-1 win at Old Trafford last month following a 0-0 draw in Spain.
The Bayern have been eliminated in the four seasons since their last Champions League victory in 2012/13 by a Spanish team.
"A 2-1 away win is always great, but that's not the same as a 5-0 win against Besiktas," said Robben, referring to their victory in the first leg in the last 16 minutes.
German defender Jerome Boateng, 29, is ready for Bayern despite a strike in the 4-1 win over Augsburg on Saturday, which sealed his sixth consecutive Bundesliga title.
Left-back David Alaba, who is still training after a back injury, and midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has a stroke, are unlikely to play. Robert Lewandowski, who scored 35 goals in 39 games this season, Franck Ribery, Joshua KIMMICH, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy, are booked out to lose a semi-final.
Sevilla, without a win in four games since the shock of Manchester United, welcomes Argentine midfielder Ever Banega for suspension. Coach Vincenzo Montella is under pressure after his 4-0 win against Celta de Vigo on Saturday.
"Impossible things could be possible if you believe, and I still believe it," Montella said.
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Another highlight for Heynckes?
Bayern Munich has won 28 of 31 games since Jupp Heynckes' return. Bayern won in the last two home games against Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund with 6: 0. They were five points behind Dortmund when they retired Jupp Heynckes in October for the fourth consecutive year after Carlo Ancelotti.
Heynckes, who is 72 now, has not worked since 2013 when he led Bayern to triple the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the DFB Cup before being replaced by Pep Guardiola.
After winning his fourth title with five games, his team is back in combat.
"We are in a good mood, we are hungry and our main goal is to reach the semi-finals," said Heynckes.
"They have to take chances and score two goals in our stadium."
Old Trafford is an example and a promise of what Sevilla can do, and the kind of discomfort they can cause.
But Bayern does not have to run after the second leg: he can play at home, take chances and it will be very difficult to see a team in Seville. Find tips to make money by betting on sports here.