In his press conference today, Spiegel caught a witty quote from FC Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes when he addressed how he was studying up on Juventus. Heynckes called Juventus the "Old Lady", saying that he went to bed with his notes and woke up again with his notes on the Italian giant because he "wanted to be perfectly informed."
Matthias Sammer was not happy with defending on corner kicks against Hamburger SV on Saturday. TZ-online quoted the sport director saying on the 9-2 win: "It was a good accomplishment, but the opposing goals are frustrating. That can't happen against Juve."
Regarding Claudio Pizarro's status, Sport Bild has reported that "Pizza" will not be in the starting XI against Juventus. "When a top player signs a contract with FC Bayern," said Heynckes, "then he should know that it isn't a guarantee that he plays 34 league games – or that he is there in every Cup or Champions League game. That is what everybody expects. A team that wants to be prosperous needs comparable players."
On the Juventus side, manager Antonio Conte has come out with a lot of confidence in his side on Tuesday. "We are up against a side which is one of the favorites for a place in the final, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid," Conte said in his press conference, according to AFP News Wire. "But we did not get here by accident. We deserve to be in the quarter-finals - we have prepared well, we have studied Bayern and determined a few weaknessess."
Be sure to check out Scott Schroder's Champions League Preview, and stay tuned for the Matchday Thread on Tuesday as well.
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