Ronaldo wary of Bayern threat as teams count down to Champions League draw

20 March 2009 09:35
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Bayern Munich could be the team to derail Manchester United's

bid for a second successive Champions League crown.

The two sides met famously in the 1999 final when two goals in the dying moments from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earned United a 2-1 win.

The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of this year's competition takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, later this morning.

Everything to play for: Cristiano Ronaldo is wary the of the threat Bayern Munich pose to his Manchester United side as the teams prepare for the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday



And Portugal forward Ronaldo is hoping United can avoid the Bundesliga champions, who crushed Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon 12-1 on aggregate in the last round.

Ronaldo told United's official website, www.manutd.com: 'Bayern Munich are very strong. I watched them play against my old team, Sporting Lisbon, and I was very sad because I didn't expect Sporting to lose so heavily. What the papers say: Liverpool set to offer Torres new deal, Vidic is going nowhere, Spurs consider stadium options

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'But this can happen in football. Bayern are very good - they have mature players, strong players, quick players. Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose are very impressive.

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'Bayern play like a team and they look very difficult to beat.'

Germany striker Klose will not feature in the last eight as he has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury, but compatriot Lukas Podolski, who will rejoin Cologne in the summer, appears to have finally found some form at the Allianz Arena. What the papers say: Liverpool set to offer Torres new deal, Vidic is going nowhere, Spurs consider stadium options

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Podolski is not concerned who Bayern, whose fine European form is in contrast to their mediocre results in the league, are paired with in the quarter-finals.

Glory, glory days: Ole Gunnar Solskjær celebrates his famous injury time winning goal against Bayern in the 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp



'It doesn't bother me at all. We are unbeaten in the Champions Leagueand want it to stay that way - whether we now face Barcelona, Porto orsomeone else," he said on Bayern's website, www.fcbayern.de.

United, who saw off Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the last round, are joined in the last eight by Arsenal, Chelsea - who Sir Alex Ferguson's side defeated on penalties in last year's final - and Liverpool.

The Reds will head into the draw on a high. Manager Rafael Benitez finally signed a new five-year contract on Wednesday, ending months of speculation over his future, while the team have hit four past Real Madrid and Manchester United in their last two games.

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Chelsea overcame Juventus, managed by former boss Claudio Ranieri, in the last round, while Arsenal needed penalties to edge past Roma.

Also in the draw are Spanish duo Barcelona and Villarreal and Portuguese league leaders Porto. What the papers say: Liverpool set to offer Torres new deal, Vidic is going nowhere, Spurs consider stadium options

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