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Conte claims underdog status against Bayern

15 March 2013 18:30

Juventus coach Antonio Conte claims Bayern Munich have the upper hand heading into their Champions League quarter-final clash.

The four-time European Cup winners were last year's finalists but lost out to Chelsea on penalties, while this season, they have a comfortable lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Conte believes with their experience and their ability to take their foot off the pedal domestically, Jupp Heynckes' men must be considered the favourites for this encounter.

"We were aware that the quarter-finals would present us with a challenging fixture. After Chelsea we're now playing last year's second finalists Bayern," the 43-year-old told the official Juventus club site.

"They're one of the most consistent sides on a European level and will have the advantage of their great experience accumulated over the years. They'll also be able to take their minds off the league, given their 20-point lead at the top."

Juventus have not won the Champions League since 1996 and, while he is happy to be back in the latter stages of Europe's premier club competition, Conte says their dream of winning the tournament is a constant motivation.

"The game will certainly be a stimulating affair and we'll experience it with maximum calmness, concentration and joy," he added.

"We're chasing a dream and want to enjoy this experience all the way until the end. Last year we watched the Champions League on our sofas at home. This year we're back playing a key role."

Juventus director Pavel Nedved echoed Conte's thoughts on the tie, predicting a difficult test for his side.

The former Czech Republic star feels Bayern's experience in the latter stages of the competition is an advantage and tipped a tight battle for a place in the last four.

"Bayern is a very tough team to play with," Nedved said. "Germans never give up, they are experienced.

"They are used to this important stage, they play the Champions League every year, with very strong offensive players. So it will be a great and very hard battle.

"I don't believe that one of the two teams is favourite. Both of them know how to play football, I believe it will be a great show but I don't expect many goals."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
2 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
On aggregate
4 - 0
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

D. Alaba 1'
(assist by B. Schweinsteiger) 
1 - 0
T. Müller 63'
(assist by M. Mandžukić) 
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10
11
33
14
17
22
44
# Player Bookings
9
12
6
20
22
30
39

Monday 22 September

16:31
16:21
16:14
16:13
16:06
15:43
15:41
15:23
14:57
14:43
14:29
13:59
12:46
12:30
12:21
11:58
11:54
11:43
11:07
10:51
10:25
10:15
09:47
09:41
09:25
09:14
08:56
08:46
08:03
08:02
05:43
05:17
05:13
04:51
04:00
03:53
03:39
03:34
03:32
03:06
02:14
01:31
01:06
00:23
00:06

Sunday 21 September

23:59
23:54
23:46
23:20
23:04
22:50
22:43
22:43
22:20
22:11
21:48
21:27
21:21
21:04
20:50
20:47
20:31
20:16
20:16
20:04
19:53
19:44
19:36
19:19
19:02
18:55
18:32
18:23
18:19
17:09
16:31
16:25
15:17
14:37
13:56
13:40
13:12
13:03
12:11
11:57
11:17
10:38
08:48
07:35
04:31
04:24
04:00
03:02
02:58
02:23
02:13
01:16
01:10
00:30
00:10
00:00

Saturday 20 September

23:48
23:37
23:28
23:27
23:18
23:18
22:49
22:42
22:29
22:21
22:19
21:58
21:54
21:51
21:31
21:09
21:04
20:53
20:52
20:45
20:41
20:09
20:00
19:55
19:49
19:37
19:29
19:20
19:11
18:57
18:26
18:09
18:03
18:01
18:00
17:52
17:26
17:20
17:08
15:46
15:40
15:22
15:16
15:08
14:58
14:07
12:42
12:09
11:34
11:03
07:13
05:19
04:04
03:20
02:42
01:31

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +5 9
2 3 +4 9
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +2 6
5 3 +1 6

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