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Robben: No complacency from Bayern

April 9, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has said the Bavarians will not be complacent when they face Juventus in Turin on Wednesday, despite holding a 2-0 first-leg lead in their Champions league quarter-final.

Robben said "anything can happen" in football and stressed that the Bundesliga champions needed to make sure they were calm and composed in their attempts to seal a third semi-final place in four seasons.

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A single Bayern goal would leave Juventus needing to score four, and the Netherlands international explained: "We've come here to score - we know how important an away goal is, because we didn't concede at home."

He said neutralising the threat of midfielder Andrea Pirlo, as Bayern did in the home leg, would be key to their hopes, explaining: "He is a world-class player.

"Players like him can rise to occasions like tomorrow, so we've got to be careful. He's probably Juve's most important player, and we've got to keep an eye on him."

Earlier, Juve forward Mirko Vucinic had said his team would fight a "war against the Germans", while coach Antonio Conte said he hoped his team "would be vicious".

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticised the choice of words, saying: "I don't like the word war in connection with football."

Those thoughts were echoed by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who said: "Juve will give it their all, but war is certainly the wrong word.

"It's not going to be easy, and we know that. Of course, we got a good result in the first leg - but we cannot sit on that."

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes also said his team still had plenty of work to do, explaining: "Juventus are a top team, and they have shown that so far in the Champions League and Serie A. They are going to try and make the impossible possible."