The minute the final whistle blew on Saturday’s 2–1 victory over Bremen, the entire Bayern camp switched focus to the Champions League semi-final return in Madrid on Wednesday, where FCB are seeking to defend a 2–1 lead from the first leg. “We have to summon up our full potential," boss Jupp Heynckes told FCB.tv two days prior to the match. We bring you a selection of the head coach's statements.
Jupp Heynckes on…
…the value of the late win in Bremen:
“Winning it at the end in Bremen on Saturday was very important. There are parallels with our 2–1 victory against Real Madrid. We succeeded in turning a game around again, so it was of very high importance to us."
…preparations for the semi-final return in Madrid:
“Training on Sunday was outstanding, and today it was very good. All the players are available, and we're motivated, determined and focused on next Wednesday. We can realise our dream of reaching the final at the Allianz Arena. That would be historic."
…the impact of Real's La Liga victory away to Barcelona:
“Normally, you'd say that when a team like Madrid wins 2–1 at Camp Nou and basically settles the title race, it has to be an advantage. Nevertheless, you never know for certain. I read the Spanish press, and I've noticed that Madrid have enormous respect for us – as they should after the first leg."
…what he expects from the match, and his tactics against Real:
“It's extremely important we summon up our full potential. We have to give it 100 or even 110 percent. The last 10 percent comes from emotional energy. If we succeed, we have a big chance of making the final. We're aware that we'll need a goal or two, althugh we’re capable of that because we have outstanding forwards. But to start with, we have to keep it compact and tight, which will give us very good opportunities on the break."
…the burden of seven players being one booking short of a ban:
“It was five players even before the first leg, so we all saw they can deal with it. It's all a question of alertness, you have to concentrate totally on the match and your tackles. It shouldn't play a role. You can't pull out [of your tackles], because one thing is certain: it'll be fiercely fought at the Bernabéu. We'll see all the best ingredients football has to offer."
Watch the interview in full, voiced in English, on FCB.tv.