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‘This is a fantastic draw’

Reaction to Friday’s Champions League draw

The match-up with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals means Bayern must overcome the joint favourites to lift Europe’s premier trophy this term. “We shouldn’t lament the fact we’ve been drawn against the overwhelming favourites, we should be looking forward to a terrific challenge,” commented Uli Hoeneß. Added Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “History shows that Bayern always have a chance against Barca.”

Reaction to the Champions League draw:

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “Barcelona are certainly a fantastic team, and they’re favourites going into the tie. But history shows that Bayern always have a chance against Barcelona. I’m certain our players will rise to this terrific opportunity. Furthermore, we’ve been drawn against a friendly club, as we enjoy a very good relationship with Barcelona. I’m a personal friend of their president Joan Laporta.”

Uli Hoeneß: “This is a fantastic draw. We shouldn’t lament the fact we’ve been drawn against the overwhelming favourites, we should be looking forward to a terrific challenge. We’ve been saying all along we wanted the first leg away from home, and that’s what we’ve been handed.”

Jürgen Klinsmann: “It’s a cracking draw! Coming face-to-face with the best team in Europe and the world at the moment is a terrific challenge for us all. Their team is packed with top class players. Our challenge is to go out there as equals and fight them all the way.”

Mark van Bommel: “It’s obviously a very special draw for me. On the one hand, you look forward to playing Barcelona, but on the other hand, it’s the toughest draw we could have had. We should be delighted we’re playing the first leg away from home. When we run out in front of a 100,000 crowd at Camp Nou, our aim has to be not to lose, or at least not too heavily.”

Philipp Lahm: “It could have been easier. I rate Barcelona as one of the top favourites. I’d rather have avoided them in the quarter-finals. Obviously, we’re definitely in with a chance, but we’ll need two very, very good days.”

Hamit Altintop: “Naturally, it helps that we’re away from home first. But we’ll need superb performances on both occasions if we’re to survive. But with total concentration, we’re a match for anybody.”

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