Created on 17-12-2010 at 00:00 AM
Quizzed as to his desired opponents in the Champions League Round of 16, Bayern keeper Jörg Butt expressed no preference – but did say he hoped FCB would avoid Inter Milan. The veteran’s wish was not to be fulfilled, as the luck of the draw has paired the 2009-10 finalists at the first knockout stage of this season’s competition. The first leg in Italy is in mid-February, with the return in Munich in early March.
The initial reactions from the Bayern camp recognised the severity of the task. “It's an extremely tough draw,” said chairman and former Inter star Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “It couldn’t be more difficult, but it also couldn’t be more interesting for us,” commented Christian Nerlinger. “We have a score to settle and we’re looking forward to the matches,” declared deputy chairman Karl Hopfner.
Reaction to the Champions League draw:
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “Inter is an extremely tough draw, probably the most difficult draw open to us. But it’s also a very appealing draw for us. We were beaten last May, but this is now our chance to take revenge.”
Karl Hopfner: “I think it’s a highly interesting draw. After all, it’s not very long since we lost to Inter in the final, and now we have a rematch in the last sixteen. We have a score to settle and we’re looking forward to the matches. I think our players will be fired up.”
Christian Nerlinger: “It couldn’t be more difficult, but it also couldn’t be more interesting for us. We all still harbour slight regrets about passing up a huge chance when we lost the final in Madrid, but we can put that right once and for all in two matches against Inter. I’m really looking forward to this showdown!”