Heynckes fired up for 'gigantic' Real Madrid clash

Heynckes fired up for 'gigantic' Real Madrid clash

Heynckes fired up for 'gigantic' Real Madrid clash

At Frankfurt, Kovac has utilised a target man in Sebastien Haller, who has eight goals so far, to spearhead his attack in their quest for Champions League football. It's a mix that injects fresh life into a competition that had been criticized for becoming too predictable while maintaining a marquee matchup.

Danny Murphy wishes Real Madrid had drawn Liverpool in the last four though.

Despite relative inexperience after a stint in charge of Croatia, Kovac saved Frankfurt from relegation after taking over in March 2016 and led the team to the German Cup final the following season. Frankfurt are mired in a knife-edge battle for Champions league qualification and bosses fear the news could derail their season at a crucial stage. We played against Juventus and Barcelona at home in the first legs.

Roma's quarterfinal achievement was even more impressive.

"Roma are the one team Liverpool will be favourites to beat, and that changes the dynamics", he said on talkSPORT.

"We sorted things out on Thursday (with Kovac), but I won't give details".

"I really appreciate [his support]".

While Bayern got past Sevilla in their quarterfinal without too much stress, Real was moments away from a shock exit to Juventus.

The Poland striker got the shiner in Wednesday's goalless draw at home to Sevilla.

James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.

Real badly needs European success this year to compensate for its disappointing campaign in La Liga, where it sits in fourth place, a full 15 points behind leader and archrival Barcelona.

Treble-chasing Bayern Munich, who secured their sixth straight Bundesliga title last week, crushed Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 after falling behind to a Josip Drmic goal in the ninth minute.

It also has an emotional boost: The German club announced on Friday that former player Croatian Niko Kovac will take over as coach next season from 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes, who is stepping down.

This season the Eagles are now fifth in the Bundesliga and fighting for a place in the Champions League for the first time since they were losing finalists to Real Madrid in 1959/60 (when it was the European Cup), just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen in fourth. "We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern".

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