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Heynckes calls on wily Bayern to step up

Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 15.00CET
FC Bayern München's Jupp Heynckes has "a very good feeling" his team's experience will help them through against FC Basel 1893, whose coach Heiko Vogel is calling for "courage".
by Daniel Lerche
from Fußball Arena München
Heynckes calls on wily Bayern to step up
Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez & Jupp Heynckes (FC Bayern München) ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 12 March 2012, 15.00CET

Heynckes calls on wily Bayern to step up

FC Bayern München's Jupp Heynckes has "a very good feeling" his team's experience will help them through against FC Basel 1893, whose coach Heiko Vogel is calling for "courage".

Buoyed by the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger – "on a level with [Andrés] Iniesta" – and Saturday's 7-1 Bundesliga triumph over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Jupp Heynckes is cautiously optimistic his FC Bayern München side can overcome their 1-0 deficit against FC Basel 1893 in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. Opposite number Heiko Vogel, meanwhile, is full of respect for his team's hosts, but intent that they show the necessary "courage" not to merely focus on preserving a first-leg lead.

Bayern
Coach Jupp Heynckes
I have said before: Basel are a very good team. There is a good mix of young and experienced players. They showed in the first game what they can do. Nevertheless, tomorrow will be another game. We have so many experienced players and I am confident of getting through. We were excellent against Hoffenheim.

I am delighted that Bastian Schweinsteiger is back. I have already mentioned that he is on a level with Iniesta or [Sergio] Busquets. But I don't know if he will play 90 minutes.

The atmosphere in the team is very good and positive. The boys know what it is about tomorrow. Of course there is pressure but I have a very good feeling about the game. We need to attack but also keep a good balance, which means we also need to be careful and very concentrated in defence.

Weekend result
Saturday: Bayern 7-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Gomez 5 35 48, Robben 12pen 29, Kroos 18, Ribéry 58; Luiz Gustavo og 85)
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng (Tymoshchuk 46), Badstuber, Alaba; Luiz Gustavo, Kroos; Robben, T Müller (Schweinsteiger 62), Ribéry; Gomez (Olić 57).

• Mario Gomez scored his 11th Bundesliga hat-trick – only Gerd Müller (32) and Klaus Fischer (12) have managed more. Gomez has found the target 31 times in his last 35 games for club and country.

Team news
Gomez picked up a shin injury against Hoffenheim and is a doubt according to Heynckes. However, there is better news for Schweinsteiger who returned to the fold after more than a month out with ankle ligament damage. Jérôme Boateng was withdrawn as a precaution at half-time at the weekend because of a muscular problem. Rafinha missed the match with flu.

Basel
Coach Heiko Vogel
We are looking forward to the game. I am expecting a very interesting match. We are in a good position after the first game, but of course we are full of respect and we know it will be very difficult. Bayern will attack and create a lot of pressure. We will have to survive the opening minutes, but I am confident because we have a lot of good players. If we score it will be even harder for Munich.

I don't think about other teams' results here in Munich. I am concentrating on my team and thinking about a strategy to get through to the quarter-finals. We must not just concentrate on our defence. We will need a lot of courage. There is so much pressure, even more on Bayern, but we must not hide – we must also attack.

We know about our opponents. We know what Bayern are capable of so we have a lot of respect for them. But no one is full of fear, there is no reason for this. We are in a positive mood. We need to be very focused for at least 90 minutes.

Weekend result
Saturday: Grasshopper-Club 0-2 Basel (Shaqiri 5, Degen 40)
Sommer; Degen, Abraham, Dragović, Steinhöfer; Shaqiri (Stocker 68), Huggel, G Xhaka (Yapi 74), Zoua; A Frei, Streller (Pak 89).

• Philipp Degen's first Swiss Super League goal since May 2004 sealed Basel's fourth successive victory, extending their unbeaten run to 17 games. They have won 13 since their 2-0 defeat by SL Benfica on 18 October.

Team news
Park Joo Ho sat out the Grasshoppers match with a calf problem, while the trip to Bayern comes too soon for Kay Voser who has just resumed training following an ankle injury. Scott Chipperfield has not played in 2012 after sustaining a thigh problem in January.

Match fact
Bayern have won 11 of their last 12 UEFA Champions League home outings, recording four straight victories this season including a 2-0 play-off success against FC Zürich.

Last updated: 12/03/12 21.41CET

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