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Heynckes: Bayern will attack Barca

April 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

Jupp Heynckes insists Bayern Munich will not be lulled into conservatively approaching the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Barcelona, despite calls to rest players who are on the cusp of suspension.

Jupp Heynckes, Bastian Schweinsteiger
AssociatedBayern coach Jupp Heynckes and key midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

• Heynckes hits out at rumours

Bayern head to Camp Nou in pole position to reach next month's final at Wembley and have been tipped to bolster their defence and hold off an improbable Barca comeback.

But Heynckes has warned Barca not to expect Bayern to sit back, claiming he will be urging his players to put the result beyond doubt.

"We have to impose our game," he said. "We want our defensive line a long way from our own goal. Barcelona are a world-class team and they'll try everything they know.

"It means they'll press us from the start and try and put us under pressure. We have to try and score a goal or two. And that's well within the bounds of possibility."

Defender Dante was an unused substitute in Saturday's Bundesliga win over Freiburg and he was rested for Bayern's training session on Monday along with Jerome Boateng, although Heynckes insist both will be fit to face Barca.

"Dante has a slight cold, so I thought it would be better for him to stay indoors," said the coach. "It's a precautionary measure. Jerome's played a lot recently. It was a question of resting the pair prior to the Barca clash."

A number of Bayern players will head into the Barca match looking to avoid a booking which could rule them out of the final. Although Heynckes could be tempted to remove that possibility, he has opted to select his strongest line-up and has encouraged a repeat of the first leg performance.

"I won't be making any concessions," he added. "I'll select my best available team. The players will have to show great discipline, which means no gestures, no unnecessary fouls, and they mustn't let themselves be provoked. That's the decisive factor.

"We need the same attitude, willingness to run and good tactics [as the first leg]. Barcelona are still the best team in the world. We know they're capable of stunning results at home, and they've overturned deficits in the past. Their pride has been wounded and they'll give it everything they've got. We'll need a top performance."

Bayern midfielder Arjen Robben is aware that Barca will be ready to pounce on any errors made by the visitors and the Dutchman has urged his team-mates to make the most of their strong position.

"We want to make the final, and that means playing just as well as we did in the first leg - not one single per cent less," he said. "The biggest mistake we could possibly make would be to think we're already through to the final.

"If there is a team capable of correcting a four-goal deficit, it's Barcelona. Maybe we'll have to concentrate even harder than the 100 percent we managed in the home game, from the first minute onwards."

Franck Ribery has cited Bayern's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in the round of 16 as impetus for the German champions not to let their guard down.

"If we play like we did against Arsenal at home, with poor transitions, slow reactions when not in possession, and with a certain lack of discipline, it could be uncomfortable and dangerous," Ribery said.

"It's not over! There's still another game. It's incredibly difficult at Camp Nou. We have to play like we did last Tuesday, with lots of work, lots of running, lots of unity."