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Bayern's Schweini wary of Champions League big guns

AFP · 10 Mar 2010, 10:29

Published: 10 Mar 2010 10:29 GMT+01:00

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Having won the first leg 2-1 in Munich thanks to a controversial goal from Miroslav Klose, Bayern went through on the away goals rule in Fiorentina after Arjen Robben and captain Mark van Bommel scored in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat.

The result meant that the Bavarian giants, currently riding high at the top of the Bundesliga, beat Fiorentina 4-4 on aggregate. But Schweinsteiger was wary about the draw for the last eight on March 19.

Arsenal blasted Porto away 5-0 on Tuesday to make it through to the last eight, while other giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea play their last-16 second legs this week and next.

"Maybe we'll avoid the really top teams at this stage," said a hopeful Schweinsteiger. "We're delighted to be through, as that was our target. Let's see what happens in the draw."

Despite scrapping through, Bayern coach Louis van Gaal acknowledged reaching the last eight of European football's most lucrative competition was all important.

"We're through, which is what matters in the Champions League," said van Gaal, whose side were 1-0 down at half-time. "I always had a good feeling about it. "At half-time, I told my players to stay calm, be patient and keep the ball on the floor."

Bayern's Germany striker Mario Gomez is expected to be out for two weeks after tearing his right calf muscle in the first-half, but despite his absence captain van Bommel said he never thought his side would go out.

"We had a few nervy moments in front of our goal, but I don't think we were that bad," said the Dutchman. "I never had the feeling we'd be knocked out here. Fiorentina only got into the game because we made mistakes. But we kept our cool and deserve to go through."

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But Bayern's Italian opponents were not happy at their exit, as their defeat was thanks primarily to Klose's controversial 89th-minute goal in the first leg, which replays showed was yards offside.

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli said the whole team was devastated.

"It's a great shame the goal from the first leg proved so important but my players should not feel frustrated," said Prandelli. "Clearly we're upset. But when playing at this level and defeating Bayern Munich, you have to be proud."

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Your comments about this article

13:30 March 10, 2010 by Joshontour
Why would you want to sneak in through the back door. To be the best, you have to beat the best.
13:48 March 10, 2010 by hanskarl
I do not disagree with you Joshontour. The reason is very clear and Schweini can see it and sense it from the turf. Bayern München was lethargic from the start of the match and they were not as technically sound as Fiorentina. All goals from outside the box and very little attacking in the first period. Bayern was too busy defending their goal. This was clearly seen yesterday by all the viewers. We can all suspect by the opposition scouting groups have seen this

Fiorentina had the hunger, the quality of play, and the game but UEFA rules made the difference in the outcome. FC Bayern is fortunate to be this far along. Lets hope Louis Van Gaal and the coaching staff can stir the players fire for the rest of the Championships so they can get past their standard lazy first period.
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