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Bayern primed for quarter-final draw

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:30 pm

High noon in Nyon! All eyes at Bayern will be fixed on UEFA Headquarters in the Swiss town from midday on Friday for the Champions League quarter and semi-final draw, where Jürgen Klinsmann and his men are hoping for an attractive last eight tie.

"I don't want Barcelona," said Daniel Van Buyten. "It needn't be Liverpool," offered Uli Hoeneß, although everyone at the club is fully aware there are no easy opponents on offer this time. The draw features 2006 winners Barca, 2007 champions Liverpool, last season's winners Manchester United, their defeated final opponents Chelsea, London side Arsenal, Portuguese leaders Porto and Spanish outfit Villarreal. "If we get a good draw we could go a long way," said captain Mark van Bommel.

Friday's draw will also determine who Bayern would face in the event of progressing to the semi-finals. The quarter-finals will be played on 7/8 April and 14/15 April, with the semi-finals on 28/29 April and 5/6 May. The Final takes place in Rome on 27 May. Restrictions on teams from the same country playing each other no longer apply.

The men from Munich are hoping for one piece of good fortune in the draw, namely the last eight return after Easter at their home Allianz Arena stadium. "It's important we play the first leg away from home. That would be a major advantage," Hoeneß said.
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