Jupp Heynckes warned that FC Bayern München's 2-0 lead leaves Olympique de Marseille with "nothing to lose" on Tuesday as Didier Deschamps eyed "a historic opportunity" for the visitors.
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FC Bayern München coach Jupp Heynckes was swift to jump on any suggestion of complacency from his team despite the 2-0 lead they hold heading into Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Olympique de Marseille. Heynckes, stressing that "it is not over yet", reminded his charges that fellow Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-2 by Marseille in the group stage despite being two up. OM's Didier Deschamps recalled that same feat as he reflected on a "historic opportunity" for his Ligue 1 side.
Coach Jupp Heynckes
It is not over yet. Of course we have an advantage; we did not concede a goal in Marseille but scored twice. We are in a good position, but remember: OM won a game against Dortmund after going 2-0 down [on matchday six].
We will absolutely respect our opponents and we know what OM are capable of. My team are focused and want to win this game. OM will try everything here, they have nothing to lose. OM are well prepared for the game as they did not play last weekend. But the point is that the match is in our hands. If we don't lose, we go on to the semi-finals.
Mario Gomez is an outstanding striker, but his success is related to the system we play and the team, who help him a lot. Nevertheless Mario has absolutely outstanding qualities. Besides his talent, he is still working very hard, trying to become better and better.
It is not as though I have a lot of time to enjoy our good spell at the moment. We are still fighting for three titles and there is a lot of work to do in terms of preparing my team differently for different requirements. But of course there are pleasurable moments for a coach, when you see the players work hard and have success together.
Saturday: 1. FC Nürnberg 0-1 Bayern (Robben 69)
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento; Tymoshchuk (Schweinsteiger 55), Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 80); Robben, T Müller, Pranjić (Ribéry 57); Gomez.
• Bayern stretched their unbeaten run to seven games, winning six, thanks to Arjen Robben's ninth goal during that sequence. Gomez, not on target on Saturday, has contributed ten goals in FCB's last seven outings.
On Saturday Diego Contento made his first appearance since breaking his toe on 13 January. Daniel Van Buyten and Breno remain sidelined.
Coach Didier Deschamps
We will have to mobilise all our forces. And it is the game itself, which will mobilise the team. It is a historic opportunity for us. I did not have to find many words; everybody knows what is at stake. Bayern are close to the semis, but we have to take the field believing in ourselves. We need to have a strong mentality. Our quality is still high. We must enjoy it, even if, after the first leg, the challenge is not at all easy. We must go to the very maximum and play in a focused, intelligent way from the very first moment to the last.
My players have to write their own history here. I could tell them about my experiences here in Munich [where he won the trophy in 1993], but we do not live in the past, we live in the present. And for many of my players this is the first time they are playing in a Champions League quarter-final, they have to enjoy it and do the best they can. We won in Dortmund after being 2-0 down. Also against Inter we looking like being the losers, but we got there in the end. This game is a question of prestige and our goal is to achieve the best possible result.
The game is a highlight for us and hopefully there will be more to come this season. It is a privilege to play this game, but this privilege is related to a duty, the duty to play a good match. We must not forget that many clubs would love to be playing in a Champions League quarter-final – but it is us who will be doing so tomorrow.
Marseille were not in action at the weekend after their home meeting with Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier Hérault SC, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed until 11 April.
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is available again after serving a ban in the first leg but Alou Diarra misses out through suspension. Souleymane Diawara faces a spell on the sidelines after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament in the 1-1 draw with OGC Nice on 24 March.
Marseille have lost three of the four UEFA competition ties in which they suffered a home first-leg defeat. The sole exception came in the most recent instance, against FC Twente in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32, when a 1-0 reverse at the Vélodrome was followed by an away victory by the same scoreline, Marseille winning 7-6 on penalties.