Vidal, Alaba to miss Sevilla clash, confirms Heynckes


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

"We need to be careful", Robben said.

A spot in the Champions League semifinals.

"A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it's not the same as 5-0 against Besiktas", said Robben, referring to their first-leg win in the last 16.

That is not the only reason the newly minted Bundesliga champions are overwhelming favourites to reach the semi-finals: Heynckes is now on a record-breaking winning streak of 12 consecutive matches in the Champions League and has also guided his teams to the final in each of his previous three seasons in the competition.

Die Rotten came out 2-1 victors at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last Wednesday and are nearly certain of getting another victory here at odds of (1.25) with NairaBet which will be enough to see them qualify for the semifinals at (1.03). "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".

Kenedy has been given regular first team opportunities by manager Rafa Benitez, and has scored two goals in eight appearances for the Magpies so far, impressing with his forays up the left flank.

Sevilla might have beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round to make it to the quarters for the first time ever.

Bayern could yet repeat their 2013 treble, as they face Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-finals of the German Cup later this month for a place in the May 19 showpiece.

"Robert Lewandowski gets the goals, but there is not one person off that level".

He said: "It's the pinnacle to play at this level and really special".

On Saturday he secured his third title in the Bundesliga with Jupp Heynckes side beating Augsburg 4-1 away to win their 28th title and sixth in a row.

Vidal and Alaba will not be featuring in the second leg due to their respective knee and back problems, but Heynckes should be able to select Jerome Boateng.

Bayern have reason for optimism about going into the draw for the semi-finals on Friday.