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Bayern confident ahead of must-win Juventus clash

Only a win over Juventus would be good enough for Bayern to join the already-qualified Bordeaux in the last 16, but despite winning their last three matches, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge knows it is not going to be easy.

"You don't have to be a prophet to know that it is going to be very tough,'' he told the club's website ahead of the flight over the Alps. "But I am convinced that we will throw everything into the melting pot to make possible what only a few weeks ago was absolutely impossible.''

The pressure on Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has lifted a little after a win over Maccabi Haifa a fortnight ago preserved their chances of making the knockout stages of the competition and set up this decider. Two wins in the Bundesliga have followed to lift Bayern up to fourth in the table and with strikers Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez netting 17 goals in all competitions between them, Bayern have everything to play for on Tuesday night.

Van Gaal will be without Italian striker Luca Toni and Franck Ribery for the trip to the Stadio Olimpico, but the squad is boosted by the return of Arjen Robben who has not played a full 90 minutes for Bayern since September. After coming off the bench as a substitute for the last three matches, Robben is desperate to start the must-win game in Turin.

"I am fit again and ready for Tuesday,'' he said. "It is an important game and I would love to play from the beginning. I haven't spoken to [Van Gaal], but I think the coach knows that I want to play.''

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