Created on 18-12-2009 at 00:00 AM
The Bayern camp was universally pleased with a Champions League last sixteen tie against Italian side Fiorentina, as Munich avoided the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea in Friday's draw. “It’s a winnable tie, but we absolutely mustn’t underestimate them,“ warned chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who nevertheless declared himself “satisfied” with the first knockout round pairing.
Reaction to the Champions League draw:
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “It could definitely have been much harder. It’s a winnable tie, but we absolutely mustn’t underestimate them. We’ve basically done well against Fiorentina in the past, although they played extremely well indeed in the group phase this season. They beat Liverpool twice, and they beat Lyon in Florence. We absolutely mustn’t make the mistake of going into the tie thinking we’re overwhelming favourites. Our goal is simply to make the next round, so we can be satisfied with the draw. But we’ll need to play very well in both games. We’d be well advised to take our opponents more than seriously – by which I mean very, very seriously.“
Louis van Gaal: “I’m not unhappy, it could have been a lot worse. Fiorentina are a typical Italian team, well organised, with a good coach and a world-class player in Adrian Mutu. We’ll concern ourselves with them two or three weeks beforehand. Last season’s results against Fiorentina count for nothing now. We’ve beaten Juventus, and I think the players will continue to be confident after that.“