Gomez targeting final spot
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has promised his team will go for the win at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday. The Germans hold a narrow 2-1 lead from the first leg courtesy of the Germany frontman's late winner.
"We will attack, just as Real will do," Gomez was quoted as saying by German press agency dpa. "If we put in a performance like we did in the home leg, we will get into the final."
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes admits his team are likely to have to score in the Spanish capital. "For us it is clear, that we will have to score one or two goals," he said in an interview with the club's official website. "We are in a position to do this, we have outstanding attacking players. But we have to remain compact and tight, then very good counter-attacking opportunities will present themselves."
Bayern and Madrid experienced contrasting weekend's domestically, with the Germans seeing Borussia Dortmund win the Bundesliga for the second year running while Jose Mourinho's side beat Barcelona 2-1 to take complete control of La Liga's title race.
Heynckes does not feel that result at the Nou Camp will necessarily give them an advantage on Wednesday. He said: "Usually you say, when a team like Madrid wins 2-1 in the Nou Camp and in doing so virtually decides the championship, that is an advantage.
"However, we can never know exactly. I follow the Spanish press and you notice, Madrid have huge respect for us. They have to after the first leg."
Bayern have seven players on a yellow card, but Heynckes insists those players cannot afford to let the possibility of missing the final at their own Allianz Arena stadium through suspension affect them. "That cannot be allowed to play a roll," he added. "You cannot pull back, because one thing is clear: it will be hot in the Bernabeu."