Created on 02-05-2016 at 20:34 PM
Arjen Robben's sumptuous volley in Manchester. Roy Makaay's fastest-ever Champions League goal against Real Madrid. Luca Toni's stoppage-time equaliser against Getafe. Thomas Müller's recent last-minute equaliser against Juventus. And of course Katsche Schwarzenbeck's goal against Atlético in 1974: FC Bayern have shown again and again that they never give up, and that it’s not over until it’s over. It is going to be another of those games tomorrow.
“I'm looking forward to the match. We're ready,” Pep Guardiola said on the eve of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final return against Atlético (Live in English from 20.45 CET on Twitter and fcbayern.de free Web Radio). “It's going to be difficult, we won't have many chances. Atlético are very compact, closing the gaps very quickly. But we'll try everything to fight our way through them,” the FCB head coach promised before his last Champions League home match at the Allianz Arena. “We need our best-possible performance to make it to the final.”
Last week the Spaniards won 1-0 in the duel between the best defence – Atlético have only conceded five goals – and the best attack: FCB have scored 28 Champions League goals this term. But Munich are still confident. “Of course Atlético have an advantage and defend very well,” explained Javi Martínez, “but I think we have one of the best attacking units in Europe. We'll play a very intense match from the first minute.”
'Our fans behind us'
The FCB defender expects the match in front of a 70,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena to be different from the first leg: “Our fans will support us, the turf speeds up the pace, we're going to have more possession.” Manuel Neuer is looking forward to the special atmosphere: “We know our fans support us 100 percent,” the keeper declared. The support from the fans will hand Bayern “a special feeling.”
Neuer recalled the Round of 16 home match against Juventus. “We're always able to score, even against teams that are strong in defence,” the World's Best Goalkeeper said. But the key to success is defensive discipline. If Atlético score Bayern would need three goals. Neuer cautioned that Bayern have “plenty of time” to level the tie on aggregate.
'Not push forward recklessly'
“We have to be determined in attack, but not push forward recklessly like small children,” Thomas Müller urged. Guardiola preferred another midfielder to the forward in the first leg. Will Müller make the starting line-up for the return? Will Franck Ribéry, who completed the final training session after recovering from back problems, be part of the starting XI? Or Jérôme Boateng, who made his comeback on Saturday after almost four months on the sidelines? All this remains to be seen: Pep Guardiola’s answer on Monday evening was a simple “I don't know yet.”
No matter who plays, the Bavarians are fired up for the heavyweight encounter. “We'll witness a team who want to go beyond 100 percent, who give everything to turn the tide,” Philipp Lahm declared. Neuer stressed: “The atmosphere is great, the excitement is huge. We're absolutely motivated. We absolutely want to make it to Milan.” It is going to be another of those matches tomorrow.