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Real Madrid hope to beat Bayern in Champions League

English.news.cn   2014-04-12 07:24:53

MADRID, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid hope to beat Bayern although the latter could be favorite, Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Ancelotti made this statement at a press conference in Madrid after UEFA Champions League semi-final draw that showed Real Madrid would face Bayern Munich and Atletico would play against Chelsea.

He was optimistic about the draw when saying "it was a good draw, because we were in it. We have been drawn against a complicated side but we are confident of putting in a good performance". He added that the team "will need to show a good attitude in both legs and count on strong support at the Bernabeu".

He praised Bayern and their coach Pep Guardiola stating that " Bayern have a great quality, both individually and collectively and Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world". However, he also said that "Bayern may be the favorites but it is never easy to face Madrid".

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid met several times in Champions, but the last time Bayern eliminated Madrid in the 2012 semi-finals.

The teams will play the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 23 and the second leg on April 29 at the AllianzArena.

Meanwhile, the midfielder of Atletico Tiago said about Chelsea that "it is a great team and they have a great coach". Chelsea's coach Jose Mourinho will be back in Madrid for the first time since he left Real Madrid.

Tiago recognized that the match would be difficult but assured "we want to reach the finals".

Atletico and Chelsea will play the first leg on April 22 at the Calderon stadium, while the second leg will be played at Stamford Bridge on April 30.

Editor: chengyang
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