Last 16, second leg, kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Bayern Munich (1) v Inter (0)
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said his team would go into their round of 16 decider against holders Internazionale with renewed confidence after their 6-0 win over Hamburg at the weekend.
However, the Dutchman warned his players not to lose concentration despite a 1-0 advantage from the first-leg.
“A professional football player must focus always on the next game, which is not that easy, because everything affects players’ concentration,” said Van Gaal.”We had a very good game against Hamburg [winning 6-0 on Saturday] and it was a very important victory, so we have renewed confidence in ourselves, but Inter are very strong opponents; we have to be very careful.
“At San Siro, Inter played the same way as they did in last year’s final. From my point of view, we were the better side in both games; one we won, one we lost. Football is always about who scores the goals. My players have to be very focused, especially during opening minutes, so they can size up Inter’s tactics and respond.
After enduring an erratic domestic campaign, Bayern and Van Gaal reached an agreement last week that this would the coach’s final season in charge.
“Bayern are a great club, perhaps the best organised club in the world,” he added. “Any coach would love to work here, and since my relationship with my players has been very good, I am a little sad that I will be leaving in the summer.
“Even if we win the Champions League, nothing will change; we will go our separate ways because [my and the board’s] philosophies are very different. But we cannot think about the past now. We must focus on the future and not forget that Bayern, the club and its fans, are the most important thing.”
Inter coach Leonardo promised that the holders would be motivated for tonight’s game and stressed that anything was possible for a team desperate to hold on to the Champions League trophy.
“Of course, Bayern just need a 0-0 but I do not think the game will end that way,” said the Brazilian. “At San Siro any other result than the 0-1 was very possible and similarly tomorrow anything is possible. It would not be a wonder if Bayern won and also it would not be something special if we did.
Leonardo identified two players – one from each side – who he thought could have a bearing on tonight’s outcome.
“Samuel Eto’o is a very special player,” he said of his Inter striker. “He has won the Champions League twice already and he has been playing very consistently for years now. He is definitely one of the best players in the world.
“(Bayern striker) Mario Gomez is in great shape. He is still young, but has already reached an extraordinary high level and has time to become even better.
“I do not think either team has an advantage tomorrow and we have already got a clear strategy. I won’t and I can’t promise anything, but we will play with a lot of confidence, passion and desire. We know we have to be in our best shape tomorrow but I can see a lot of motivation. For my players it is a privilege to play games like this. These are games which have the feel of a final.”
Lucio should be available but Esteban Cambiasso has not played since the first leg, while Diego Milito has been out since February and Walter Samuel may not play again this season.