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Schweinsteiger: We must weather the storm

24 April 2012 18:06

Bastian Schweinsteiger says it is imperative Bayern Munich weather the early storm from Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League clash.

The Bavarians take a 2-1 advantage with them to the Spanish capital for the second leg and the Germany international is well aware that Jose Mourinho's men will throw everything they have at them in the opening exchanges.

"We must stop them," Schweinsteiger told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. "Especially in the first 20 minutes, when the crowd will make an imposing atmosphere."

The midfielder, who has been beset by injury problems in recent months, intends to savour the occasion and said he is feeling like his old self again after coming through Saturday's Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen unscathed.

"Such games are always the highlight of a season for me," the 27-year-old said. "I was injured and these games motivate me to be fit quickly.

"I'm feeling better and better. The 90 minutes against Bremen did me well - I feel healthy."

Meanwhile, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer accepts he will have to be at his best if Bayern are to survive the anticipated Real onslaught, and said Cristiano Ronaldo's remarkable ability to strike from distance represents a great threat to their hopes of progressing to the final.

"I hope the lads in front of me can stop him," he said. "But if a ball comes towards goal, I'll hopefully hold it.

"In the first half of the first leg, Real were very dangerous and in front of their home crowd, I think I'll be challenged even more."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
25 April 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Extra-time
2 - 1
Penalties
1 - 3
On aggregate
3 - 3
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
71654

Goals

1 - 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 14'
(assist by M. Özil) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
27' A. Robben (PG)
 (assist by M. Gómez)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
21
17
27 5'
28 104'
10 27' 90'
31
7
30 102'
39
33
Coach: J. Heynckes

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
20
11 115'
13
15
18
21
# Player Bookings
25
11
13
22
23
26
44

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