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08/04/2014 16:20, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Bayern stars assess Reds

Football fans around the world will focus on Germany on Wednesday as Bayern Munich and Manchester United, two of Europe’s greatest clubs, go head-to-head in the UEFA Champions League.

With a place in the semi-final up for grabs following last Tuesday’s first-leg draw at Old Trafford, this match is guaranteed to enthral and entertain. Speaking ahead of kick-off, several Bayern figures have offered their views on the big game…

Pep Guardiola “Our players know, after the experience in Manchester, how United play. They know their strength and weaknesses. United is a very big team. Before the first game at Old Trafford, everybody was just talking about Bayern. But now people know that Manchester can win in Munich. But we will play at home and with our fans we can win this game.”

Jerome Boateng “Yes, I’ve got a few butterflies in my stomach. It's like a final. Every player is already focused on Wednesday. We’re all concentrating very hard in training. As before, they’ll try and get at us on the counter-attack and at set plays. We need just a little more pace, we need to get our crosses in a little quicker and we should sometimes try our luck with shots from long range."

Mario Gotze “We’ll play to win, obviously. We’re utterly determined to win, score goals and play our football. It’s been our hallmark this season and we want something similar on Wednesday. We need to be even more determined and committed in the final third and if they do let their guard drop we need to get forward at speed and use

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