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Champions League semi-finals: Real Madrid to face Bayern

14 April 2018

"I have already said that Niko Kovač works with a lot of different types of players and nationalities at Frankfurt", Heynckes said ahead of their match against Bayer Leverkusen, quoted by Goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real will go to Bayern's Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday's draw.

Heynckes was only tempted out of retirement in order to help Bayern after they sacked Carlo Ancelotti last October. Bayern says the 46-year-old agreed to a three-year contract with the Bundesliga champions starting in July. "If you stick to what the bible teaches, then you have everything you need: honesty, openness, friendliness, respect, tolerance and much more which is often lost nowadays".

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UEFA regulations stipulate that Madrid wouldn't have been able include a clause in James' loan agreement that would prevent him from playing against his parent club, meaning he will be allowed to feature in the semi-finals. He highlighted that the difference in points between his Man City and Liverpool was 17, and that there were 15 points between LaLiga champions-elect Barça and Real Madrid.

The pair have two wins each including a 3-1 Bayern overall victory in the 2000/01 season and the 2011/12 season ended on penalties in favour of the Germans. "There are parallels with Jupp Heynckes, too". "We won. For me, that's an omen".

Bayern Munich confirmed Niko Kovac as the club's next manager on Friday but drew sharp criticism from his current employers, Eintracht Frankfurt, for allegedly leaking the news a day earlier. Speaking ahead of the clash at the Allianz Arena, the 72-year-old told the club's official website: "I had attractive years at Borussia, and I've been a decisive player in the club's history".

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"We are meeting the victor of the last two years", Rummenigge said.

Whoever emerges from the clash of the Spanish and German giants will still be favourites, but that won't rattle the Reds who won't be such massive underdogs as they were in Istanbul 13 years ago.

Heynckes called Kovac "ready for Bayern as he knows the club and has gained experience working for several clubs and the Croatian national team".

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Champions League semi-finals: Real Madrid to face Bayern