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Respectful but confident

Bayern aim to ‘nip any doubts in the bud’

The situation now is very different compared to Bayern’s last visit to Turin in December 2009, when the FCB stars touched down at Caselle airport bristling with grim determination but also with a touch of foreboding. It was the final round of group stage matches, and the men from Munich had to win in order to make the last sixteen. The meeting with Juventus ended in a 4-1 triumph.

Wind forward to the present, and Jupp Heynckes’ men arrive in northern Italy in ebullient mood, as a 2-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final home leg means the freshly-crowned Bundesliga champions are favourites ahead of the return meeting with Juventus on Wednesday evening (Live in English from 8.45 pm CET on free Web Radio). FCB could even afford a narrow defeat and still make the last four.