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Heynckes braced for physical Marseille

28 March 2012 00:42

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is expecting a physical encounter when his side face Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Bavarians are currently one of the form sides in Europe, having racked up 22 goals during their last five games in all competitions.

Marseille, by contrast, have now gone eight games without a victory.

However, after noting the way in which the Ligue 1 outfit outmuscled Inter Milan in the last 16, Heynckes is very wary of the threat posed by Didier Deschamps' men.

"We play every three days so I spent the full day yesterday analysing OM's football," the German boss said on Tuesday.

"They are a great team with a great coach that I know well. I have got positive feelings about OM.

"They play emotional football and will probably be 100 percent motivated. We will try not to fall into their trap; Marseille are a difficult team, very physical.

"We expect a tough game in this stadium but we are confident. I am focused on this match and we have a lot of respect for this team."

It has been claimed that the free-scoring Bundesliga outfit will take the game to Marseille but Heynckes was giving nothing away when it came to talking tactics.

"We know that scoring away from home is crucial, but we did not score in Basel (in the last 16) so I am not too concerned about this," he said.

The game will hold extra significance for Bayern's France international Franck Ribery, who spent two years with Marseille before moving to Munich, and Heynckes revealed that the winger has been looking forward to the game for weeks.

"Ribery wanted OM in the draw and we understand his feelings (about the game)," he said.

"He is having a sensational season and it would be great if he could win a European trophy in Munich."

Ribery said it was a strange feeling to come up against his old club in such an important stage of the tournament.

"It feels weird for me, I played here for two years and had many good experiences with the club and the fans. They are all football crazy here," he said.

"It will be a very difficult game, they want to beat us. Marseille are a very aggressive team. We need to focus going into the game. But that is not easy in this stadium and with these football-crazy fans."

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