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In-form Bayern fired up for ‘festival of football’

“It's a massive highlight for all of us," said David Alaba. “It's huge," commented Daniel van Buyten. “It'll be a festival of football," declared Philipp Lahm. The Champions League semi-final first leg between Bayern and Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening (Live in English from 8.45 pm CET on Free Web Radio) undoubtedly represents the high mark of an exceptional season in Munich so far.

“It's a head-to-head between arguably the two best teams in Europe. We can expect something special," observed Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes on the eve of the first leg meeting between his team and the Catalan giants. “They've not merely shaped European football in recent years, they've dominated it," said the 67-year-old. “We know it'll be a hard job of work," added veteran Van Buyten.