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Marseille put Andrade in Bayern's line of fire

Published: Tuesday 27 March 2012, 17.38CET
Didier Deschamps has chosen Elinton Andrade, who has not played for Olympique de Marseille since last January, to replace Steve Mandanda against FC Bayern München.
by Sebastien Blanchard
from Marseille
Marseille put Andrade in Bayern's line of fire
Elinton Andrade will make a rare appearance for Marseille on Wednesday ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 27 March 2012, 17.38CET

Marseille put Andrade in Bayern's line of fire

Didier Deschamps has chosen Elinton Andrade, who has not played for Olympique de Marseille since last January, to replace Steve Mandanda against FC Bayern München.

Goalkeeper Elinton Andrade will make his first European appearance in almost three and a half years when Olympique de Marseille host FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Didier Deschamps has picked the 32-year-old, who has not played for OM since January 2011, ahead of Gennaro Bracigliano to deputise for the suspended Steve Mandanda as the French team seek their first win in any competition since overcoming FC Internazionale Milano in the round of 16 first leg more than a month ago.

Winning against Bayern would not be a miracle, but they are up for reaching the final and they are going through a very positive run of results
Didier Deschamps
We know that scoring away from home is crucial, but we did not score in Basel
Jupp Heynckes

Marseille
Coach Didier Deschamps
I have spoken to both goalkeepers and made my choice: Andrade will play in goal. I have made this decision because I think it is the best one for the team. Compared with Dortmund, Bayern have greater experience, so they are the favourites. We are going to play a great game, a piece of history for the club, against a great team.

Physically and psychologically, we will be ready. We will need to watch their two quick players on the flanks with the full-backs in order to counter their attacking football. Winning against Bayern would not be a miracle, but they are up for reaching the final and they are going through a very positive run of results. We need to put on two great performances.

Weekend result
Saturday: OGC Nice 1-1 Marseille (Monzón 76pen; A Ayew 56)
Mandanda; Azpilicueta, Diawara (Kaboré 7), Fanni, Morel; Mbia, Cheyrou; Amalfitano, Valbuena, A Ayew (Diarra 72); Brandão (Gignac 81).

• Substitute Charles Kaboré was sent off just before half-time as Marseille halted a run of seven successive defeats in all competitions, extra time included.

Team news
Souleymane Diawara and Steve Mandanda are both suspended, although Diawara would be unavailable anyway after suffering a knee injury against Nice. André Ayew has been playing despite ongoing shoulder problems that require surgery, while Loïc Rémy (thigh) will undergo a fitness test on the morning of the match.

Bayern
Coach Jupp Heynckes
We play every three days so I spent the full day yesterday analysing OM's football. They are a great team with a great coach that I know well. I have got positive feelings about OM. They play emotional football and will probably be 100% motivated. We will try not to fall into their trap; Marseille are a difficult team, very physical.

We expect a tough game in this stadium but we are confident. I am focused on this match, but we have a lot of respect for this team. We know that scoring away from home is crucial, but we did not score in Basel [and still went through] so I am not too concerned about this.

[Former OM forward Franck] Ribéry wanted OM in the draw. We understand his feelings, but he is having a sensational season and it would be great if he could win a European trophy in Munich.

Weekend result
Saturday: Bayern 2-1 Hannover 96 (Kroos 36 Gomez 68; Ya Konan 74)
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Luiz Gustavo, Pranjić (Tymoshchuk 57); Robben, Kroos (T Müller 78), Ribéry; Olić (Gomez 61).

• Toni Kroos' third goal in five games set Bayern on course for their ninth successive home win. During that time they have scored 32 and conceded four. Initially rested on Saturday, Mario Gomez came on to score his 37th goal in his last 39 games for club and country.

Team news
Bastian Schweinsteiger has made just two substitute appearances since 8 February – most recently the second leg against FC Basel 1893 – because of an ankle problem and was scheduled to have a workout on Tuesday to determine if he is fit enough for consideration. Daniel Van Buyten (broken metatarsal) and Breno (knee) are long-term absentees.

Match fact
Bayern had won six of their previous nine UEFA Champions League away games before going down 1-0 at Basel in the round of 16 first leg. They overturned that deficit with a 7-0 triumph in the return, setting a new record for margin of victory in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

Last updated: 08/12/12 17.59CET

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