Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol has admitted that the club are happier to face Milan than Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“The worst draw would have been to play against Chelsea,” Sagnol claimed.
“Milan have had problems this season, like us, and they haven’t managed to replace Andriy Shevchenko. I think our chances are 50-50.”
Philipp Lahm, the Bayern left-back, said he was looking forward to taking revenge on a Milan side which eliminated Bayern at the last 16 stage of the competition last season.
“It will be good to take our revenge,” Lahm said. “They are a typical Italian team, strong defensively with good individuals. It’s not going to be easy.”
Bayern club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was another hoping to turn the tables on the Italian side.
“Everyone knows the result of last season against Milan (a 4-1 loss in the second leg of the last 16),” Rummenigge said. “That’s was not a glorious moment for us. This time maybe we can do something good.
“At least we have the advantage of the first leg being away but it will be hard and perhaps it is the tactics of Italian teams which do not suit us and they play defensively and with pragmatism. They give their all until the final seconds and wait for an error from their opponents.”