Bayern's Alaba, Vidal ruled out against Sevilla

Posted April 11, 2018

And while Montella was realistic about the challenge his team faced against Jupp Heynckes' team, he also was confident they were in good position to pull off the unthinkable.

"A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it's not the same as 5-0 against Besiktas (in the last 16)".

However, for the moment he insists his "personal aim is on reaching the semi-finals".

While Sevilla started off very strong in the first-leg match, surprising Bayern with a spirited start paying off in an early goal, they were not able to keep up that endurance and the momentum slowly fizzled out in the second half. We may be five years down the line, but it seems as if the legendary manager has lost none of his ability and he would love nothing more than to win another trio of trophies come the end of the season.

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The Bavarian giants have been merciless recently at the Allianz Arena, demolishing both Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund 6-0 in the last two home games.

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).

Germany defender Jerome Boateng, 29, is fit for Bayern despite bruising a foot in Saturday's 4-1 win at Augsburg, which sealed a sixth successive Bundesliga title.

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.

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Bayern have six players, including Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski, that are one booking away from suspension.

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

Versatile fullback Alaba has missed their last two matches with back problems while midfielder Vidal picked up a knee injury in the first leg.

Under Heynckes' successor Pep Guardiola, Bayern were knocked out at the semi-final stage in each of his three seasons - every time at the hands of Spanish opposition.

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Old Trafford stands as an example and promise of what Sevilla can do, the kind of upset they can cause.