Boateng Explains How Bayern Will Stop Ronaldo

Georgia Reed
April 25, 2018

"In the league, you have to be consistent every three days and we weren't at the start of the season and that's the difficulty we have", he said.

FC Bayern, it must be stated in the strongest possible terms, are nowhere near as villainous and evil, and they're certainly not made of glass, either.

He points out that Lewandowski didn't play a year ago and that "they are in good form, that's the feeling I get from them and we need to do something to change that".

Wednesday's game should be Heynckes's last European night at the Allianz Arena, although that's a risky assumption with a man who has become like a reliable heavyweight champ, tempted out of retirement and into the red corner for just one more bout.

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In the second leg, he did start, only to endure the humiliation of being taken off at half-time. In the return arrangement at the Bernabeu a year later, Madrid were "out for a brutal revenge", as Klaus Augenthaler recalled in a 2012 interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"It is the determination we have", he said.

Madrid won the 2000 semifinal series 3-2 on aggregate and advanced with the same score in the 2002 quarterfinals.

Since the revamp of the competition, the frequency of meetings has increased.

Robert Lewandowski insists Real Madrid are not a one-man team as Bayern Munich prepare for a Champions League semi-final showdown against familiar foe Cristiano Ronaldo. And more often than not, the outcome was used as a benchmark in southern Germany: it told Bayern where they stood in the wider scheme of things. The Reds eliminated Manchester City in the previous round, winning home and away. Indeed Madrid will be the first team to win the European Cup on three-successive occasions since their opponents Bayern did it in 1976.

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Last season, Ronaldo was on top with €87.5 million, while Messi was on €76.5 million. "They are turning into a circus", Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness sneered.

Regardless of the result against Real, Heynckes has shown his class in turning Bayern's fortunes around since he returned for a fourth stint at the club in October.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor is busy preparing for a Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Germany but he made sure Rashford received the well wishes and jersey.

With the midfielder available to the German champions on a first option to buy after the season ends, this could be his chance to impress his current club and his former club.

Asked whether he would swap the Poland captain, linked with Madrid in the past, for Ronaldo, the coach said: "Bayern is very happy with Lewandowski, so it's not a question for consideration". "But I have to be ready always to evaluate who are the best players for the team at any given time and I will continue to do that".

Ultimately, this match should feature two heavyweights throwing haymakers.

However, Bayern later suffered their own spot-kick heartache, losing on penalties to Chelsea when they hosted the final. The following year, there was no stopping them. As far as records at home go this season, Real Madrid are poor. Benzema's fall has been more surprising given the striker had been Zinedine Zidane's preferred partner for Ronaldo, his work rate and supply highly valued despite the Frenchman's lack of goals.

There is something more than finance, Heynckes noted, something deeper that has revived.

Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to its 2013 treble, wants a place in the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev before stepping down as head coach.

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