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Echoes of 2001

Last four berth earned with passion and desire

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It was only to be expected that Oliver Kahn would be much in demand for views and opinions ahead of this particular showdown. The former great appeared for Bayern against Manchester United at Old Trafford on three occasions, never leaving the field defeated. The driven, inspirational keeper was also a fixture in the team from 2001, the last time FCB reached the Champions League semi-finals. The former Munich hero speaks with the voice of experience – and he publicly declared that the current line-up has what it takes to reach the final.

“Keep going, always keep going,” was Kahn’s watchword. Wednesday evening’s game emphasised the enduring truth behind that piece of footballing wisdom. After a dramatic match full of twists and turns, in which Bayern were 3-0 down and heading out of the competition at one point, the Bavarians fought back and ended an unforgettable match with the result they needed to progress to the last four.