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Champions League 1 day ago
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Apr 23, 2012

Bayern ready for Real 'hell' at Bernabeu

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he is "expecting hell" when his side travel to Real Madrid for their Champions League semi-final second leg.

The Bavarians claimed a 2-1 first-leg victory thanks to Mario Gomez's last-minute strike but face a Real side buoyed by a vital La Liga win at Barcelona at the weekend.

Having conceded an away goal to Mesut Ozil, Bayern will almost certainly need to score one of their own, and Rummenigge believes that Jupp Heynckes' side will go on the offensive rather than inviting Real to attack.

"We have great respect for Real, but no fear, even if we are expecting hell in the Bernabeu stadium," Rummenigge told SID.

"The last-minute goal has given us a small chance, but it will be incredibly difficult. We have to concentrate fully and put a tight performance in defence.

"We have to try and put pinpricks in their defence to get a goal. Sitting back and defending won't achieve anything against such a strong attacking side."

Victory over Real Madrid will mean Bayern become the first club since Roma in 1984 to play a European Cup final in their own stadium, a potentially huge advantage against Chelsea or Barcelona.

"Of course it is our big dream to reach the home final," Rummenigge said. "We'll do everything we can to make the dream come true. It would be fantastic, historically no team has reached the [Champions League] final in their own stadium."

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