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Schweini confident of Bayern progress

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes the key to overturning the 1-0 deficit in their Champions League last-16 clash with FC Basel is to go on the attack from the very first minute.

• Bayern hammer Hoffenheim

The German side suffered a surprise defeat in the first leg in Switzerland after Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer pulled off a string of saves and substitute Valentin Stocker scored an 86th minute winner.

But Bayern go into the home leg buoyed by a thumping 7-1 win over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and confident they can do the job.

"It's important to get into the match from the first minute, and with our fans behind us we can put them under a lot of pressure," Schweinsteiger told

"It would be ideal if we could take an early lead, but you have to take care not to concede too much space to Basel. They know how to play on the break, they have a good passing game, and that can be dangerous.

"Basel play a great zonal defence and possess strikers with a lot of experience, so we have to be careful."

Schweinsteiger, 27, has only recently returned from injury and after playing 30 minutes as a substitute on Saturday might be spared playing two games in four days. But whoever gets the nod, the German international he is sure Bayern will be in Friday's quarter-final draw.

"I have a lot of confidence as we have played well at home all season," Schweinsteiger said. "We all know the final is in Munich and that is a challenge for all of us, but we are focused 100% on the Basel match. The rest will hopefully follow."


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