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Bayern are equals with Real Madrid, insists Nerlinger

24 Apr 2012

koclokindoblog, 24 April 2012, Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger believes his side are on a par with Real Madrid ahead of their Champions League semi-final.

The Bavarian giants travel to the Spanish capital on Wednesday hoping to take advantage of the 2-1 lead secured in the first leg of their tie and seal progression to the final at the Allianz Arena.

Madrid have been strongly tipped as favourites to go through, but Nerlinger believes that both sides have equal chances of progression.

"I honestly have to say that if I go through the positions on the field, I see us matched up really well," he said.

"The quality of our starting XI is completely equivalent to that of Madrid. We do not need any of Real's players, we are at eye level.

"Form on the day will play a major role on Wednesday."

Bayern have seven players who are one booking away from missing the final, if the club manage to progress, but Nerlinger has guaranteed that his side will not take a soft approach to the game.

"That is impossible," he insisted. "We will have to give 100 percent. We simply have to have a bit of luck.

"I think that especially for the sake of the competition - independently of us - it is important that the two finalists will face off at full strength.

"No-one wants to see Barcelona without Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi. I think it is always worth considering whether we should change the rules for cards (regarding suspensions)."

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