Heynckes beckons record against Besiktas
Bayern Munich are hot on Besiktas Istanbul despite their first leg victory. With another victory, coach Jupp Heynkes could set a record.
The trip to Istanbul will be a delightful journey, but despite the lack of suspense, Bayern Munich will not let the return leg of the Champions League play-offs at Besiktas degenerate into a fun event.
“We want to enjoy what we have achieved in the first leg,”said captain Thomas Müller, but he also emphasised:”Enjoyment should not be confused with sightseeing. We’re gonna take this one thousand percent seriously.”
Despite the 5-0 draw in the first leg, seriousness seems to be called for on Wednesday (starting at 6 p. m. in the LIVETICKER) as well: Bavaria must go to the infamous “Hell on the Bosporus”, the loudest stadium in Europe.
Club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is expecting a “violent acoustic hurricane”, at the same time he reported: After the only appearance of the residents of Munich so far in Istanbul in 1997, they had been “buzzing their ears for days, as if after a Rolling-Stones concert”.
Hell or no – the residents of Munich really don’t believe that they could lose 5-0 because of this – “Nothing can happen! I have nothing to worry about. If we don’t defend a 5-0, we have to stop,”said President Uli Hoeneß on Tuesday before the departure of charter flight LH 2570 to Istanbul.
Thanks to a special permit, the Bayern will be able to fly back home right after the match and land at 1.40 a. m. on Thursday night.
Even at Besiktas, they know that FC Bayern could have almost given themselves away with the trip:”Our dream of a quarter-finals was brutally destroyed,”said coach Senol Günes, who said the German record champion had “ensured that we now devote more time to the league”.
The Munich residents would also not be blamed if they were to deal with the fact that on Sunday at RB Leipzig they had to celebrate their 28th birthday prematurely. clear the title of the champion.
But “that’s not in the foreground,” emphasised Hasan Salihamidzic, sports director,”Wednesday comes first. And it should be approached with a “top setting”.
Because: Jupp Heynckes could be the first coach to celebrate his eleventh victory in the royal class one after the other. So far he has shared the best ten wins in a row with Louis van Gaal (with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich between May 2000 and September 2009) and Carlo Ancelotti (with Real Madrid between April 2014 and February 2015).
For Bavaria, however, it is also a matter of points for the UEFA ranking and money; and it is important to send a signal:”We want to present ourselves well, also with regard to the quarter-finals,”emphasised Salihamidzic.
Rummenigge said,”If we’re there and it looks like that, I hope there’s a nice lottery ticket that will give us a chance to make it to the semi-finals. He warned at the same time: Winning the Champions League would be “difficult this year too”. FC Bayern would do “well not to dream of winning the Champions League, we have to stay calm”.
Arjen Robben, among others, was not on board on Tuesday. A precautionary measure, as Rummenigge emphasized before taking off. The Dutchman pinched a nerve.
As expected, the Frenchman Corentin Tolisso (shinbone bruising) also remained in Munich, as did the long-term injured Kingsley Coman (syndesmosis) and Manuel Neuer (midfoot). Besiktas are missing Pepe (toe breakage) and Domagoj Vida (red barrier).
Besiktas: Fabri – Gökhan Gönül, Medel, Tosic, Adriano – Hutchinson, Arslan – Quaresma, Talisca, Babel – Negredo. trainer: GünesMunich: Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Martinez – James, Müller, Vidal, Ribery – Lewandowski. trainer: Heynckes
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