Bayern wary of 'last dice roll' for visiting Sevilla

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Bayern has one foot in a seventh European semifinal in nine years after earning a 2-1 away win at Sevilla in last week's first leg.
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ARJEN Robben says Bayern Munich can take nothing for granted against Sevilla in today’s home quarterfinal after the Spaniards already dumped Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern has one foot in a seventh European semifinal in nine years after earning a 2-1 away win at Sevilla in last week’s first leg.

However, Sevilla has already given a clear demonstration of how dangerous it is away from home in Europe.

After a goalless draw in Seville in the last 16, it dumped Jose Mourinho’s United out with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford last month with French striker Wissam Ben Yedder netting both goals.

Robben warns Bayern must be on its guard, especially given its history of elimination by Spanish teams in the knockout phases in each of the last four seasons.

“We need to be careful,” warned the Dutch midfielder. “It’s the last roll of the dice for Sevilla and they will give it their all.

“Everyone is talking about the semis, but if we win, then we can talk about that.

“A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it’s not the same as 5-0 against Besiktas (in the last 16). They (Sevilla) did brilliantly in Manchester and we know we have to perform.”

Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes expects Sevilla to attack from the first whistle in Munich.

“They will certainly go on the offensive,” said Heynckes. “If you lose 2-1 at home, you have to take the initiative ­— and that is certainly what Sevilla will do.

“They have to take risks and score two goals in our stadium.

“They are a team who press really well, but we know what we can do. We’re in a good mood, we’re hungry and our big goal is to reach the semifinals.”

The Bavarian giants have been merciless recently at the Allianz Arena, demolishing both Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund 6-0 in the last two home games.

Heynckes is wary of the return of midfielder Ever Banega — the “heart” of the Sevilla team — with the Argentinian playmaker back from suspension.

With one eye on a potential semifinal, Bayern’s stars must be careful.

Top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has netted 35 goals in 39 games for Bayern this season, is just one yellow card from a ban.

The same applies to Franck Ribery, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy.


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