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Reaction to the quarter-final draw

Sammer: It's manageable but dangerous

The players, coaching team and support staff gathered in the Performance Centre auditorium on Friday and watched together as Manchester United came out of the hat as Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final opponents. “It's a superb draw,” commented Philipp Lahm in an immediate reaction as he looked forward to the double-header against England’s most successful club in early April. “It's an extremely attractive draw,” agreed Matthias Sammer, “it’s manageable but dangerous.” Arjen Robben issued a warning: “We face two very tough matches.”

Reaction to the quarter-final draw

Matthias Sammer: “It’s an extremely attractive draw against opponents who are struggling for consistency. But they showed they’re capable of great things in the Round of 16 second leg. The appropriate response for us is to remain modest and speak very, very respectfully about opponents who are still perfectly capable of football at the highest level on a good day. They’re extremely dangerous on good days, so we can’t allow them to have two good days. I regard the draw as manageable but dangerous. If you have the conviction and belief it doesn’t matter whether you play the first match at home or away.”

Philipp Lahm: “It’s a superb draw. It's a wonderful stadium with a terrific atmosphere and a history of great clashes. We can look forward to it. We’ll definitely go to Manchester intending to attack. We’re the holders and one of the big favourites to win the Champions League. But we mustn’t be deceived by United’s current position in the table. They have outstanding individual players. We’ll have to perform well and if we do, we'll have a good chance of making the semi-finals.”

Arjen Robben: “It’s a good draw and we’re away from home first. United aren’t in great shape but they’re still a top team. We face two very tough matches. The best thing about Manchester is the atmosphere. All of us are in the game for the chance of playing in an atmosphere like that. Old Trafford is very special indeed and we should enjoy it. The fans are a 12th man for Manchester United. Obviously they’re struggling in the Premier League this season but that counts for nothing in the Champions League. We have to be up for it from the start.“

Dante: “Robin van Persie is a world-class striker, but we have no need to fear United. We’re ready for them. We’ll need to be awake right from the start in Manchester. The atmosphere there is intimidating. They have plenty of experience in the squad, and world-class individuals. We have to be on our guard.”

Thomas Müller: “It was clear all the quarter-finals would be big games. There was no team in the draw where we would have said: oh yes, we’ll take them. United turned around their last 16 match against Piraeus with an outstanding performance. It shows they have the quality.“