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Clash of the giants

Passion the key against Madrid goal machine

Jupp Heynckes enjoyed a pleasant reunion on Monday when he met Manuel ‘Manolo’ Sanchis, the team captain when Heynckes coached Real Madrid to Champions League glory in 1998. Sanchis was a one-club man who knows the Spanish giants through and through. “He tells me Real have huge respect for us," Heynckes revealed, although the Spaniard also had a warning for his former boss: “Real Madrid are very, very good at present."

The two statements neatly sum up the general mood ahead of the mouth-watering Champions League semi-final first leg between Bayern and Madrid on Tuesday evening (Live in English from 8.45 pm CET on FCB.de Web Radio). Real are just about favourites, but even faced with the La Liga leaders, Bayern have the potential “on two good days", according to Thomas Muller, to meet Madrid head on, living up to their reputation in Spain as la bestia negra, the black beast.