Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Champions League: Bayern must be careful against Sevilla - Robben

Champions League: Bayern must be careful against Sevilla - Robben

Bayern, in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, enjoyed a low-key title celebration during the weekend after securing the Bundesliga title with five games to spare as they wanted to stay focused on securing the treble.

A stat that reads well for them is that they have scored in all their away games in Europe this season.

Bayern Munich advanced to the quarterfinals after ousting Turkish club Besiktas in the Round of 16, while Sevilla advanced to the quarterfinals after beating English side Manchester United in the Round of 16.

Robben warns Bayern must be on their guard, especially given their history of elimination by Spanish teams in the knock-out phases in each of the last four seasons.

"We need to have balance".

Sevilla did find the net once when the teams met last week on Spanish soil, Pablo Sarabia putting them ahead in the first half, but were eventually beaten by a pair of deflected goals.

Eight-time Bundesliga victor Jupp Heynckes is expected to ring the changes for the visit of former club Borussia Mönchengladbach to the home of freshly minted champions Bayern Munich on Saturday (kick-off: 06:30 PM CEST/ 04:30 PM GMT/ 12:30 PM EST).

Heynckes has pushed the bar higher after building on the Spaniard's foundations and no Champions League rival will relish facing them. Aside from losing to Bayern last week, Sevilla lost 4-0 to Celta Vigo on Saturday and 2-1 against Leganes last month in La Liga.

"They have to take risks and score two goals in our stadium".

Ever Banega returns from suspension to boost Sevilla's midfield line while Gaby Mercado and Joaquin Correa are both available after recovering from respective knocks that saw each miss Saturday's game.

With one eye on a potential semi-final, Bayern's stars must be careful.

The same applies to Franck Ribery, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy.

"If we play a good game, we will have options", Vazquez said.

"I think Arturo Vidal will return to training on Thursday".

A draw would be enough to see Bayern go through and it's (7.50) if the result ends that way in the Bavarian capital.

"It suits the Champions League because all the remaining sides play exceptional attacking football but offer up chances for the opposition".

"He's used all his experience at this level, he's a great man manager and all the players love him", Hargreaves told BT Sport when asked about Heynckes.

"I don't have an explanation". However, going by the events of Tuesday night, they will be justified in expecting the unexpected and will be wary as Juventus and Sevilla throw the kitchen sink at them. "We are much better in every aspect now, although I can't explain why".

Kenedy has been given regular first team opportunities by manager Rafa Benitez, and has scored two goals in eight appearances for the Magpies so far, impressing with his forays up the left flank.

With Bayern already wrapping up the Bundesliga title, they will be able to fully divert their attention to winning the Champions League for the first time since 2013.

Real are without suspended captain Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez through injury and will have to field either inexperienced defender Jesus Vallejo or usual holding midfielder Casemiro alongside Rafael Varane in the heart of defence.

Real Madrid won the first leg in Turin thanks to a Ronaldo masterclass by 3-0.

"Players like him and Franck Ribery know that this is a phase in which we have to be absolutely ideal, physically, mentally and emotionally". It's therefore (1.80) for both teams to score in this game.

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