Heynckes not fondly remembered at Real despite significant triumph

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In fact Heynckes has reached the final in his last three Champions League campaigns and coached Real to their triumph in 1998 which was an all the more remarkable feat because it was the first time they had won it in 32 years.

While he did point to Los Blancos' two recent successes, he said that he felt this tie was evenly matched. "He wanted to play more regularly, and I can understand that".

"There isn't a favourite".

"I always look forward to playing against these players, even Ronaldo". I think what you see in the last few years especially with Real Madrid, there are players that have players that are ready to play at the highest level and that's the same with Bayern. "I have no doubts that mentally we will be at 150 per cent".

James has shone at Bayern since Zidane let him leave Real on a two-year loan deal last July at the end of three often hard seasons in Madrid.

"This match will be a delight for the football consumer because you have top players on both sides and teams play attractive, cultivated football", the German said.

Zidane also believes Colombia worldwide, James Rodriguez, will want to prove a point to him as a footballer, adding that he doesn't have anything against the attacking midfielder.

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"James loves to play football, so of course he'll want to do a good job - but not to show me or prove me wrong".

Ronaldo was at his talismanic best the last time Bayern faced Madrid, with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor netting five of Real's goals in a 6-3 aggregate quarter-final success.

"I said to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well".

But Robert Lewandowski feels that Real, who are seeking their third straight Champions League and 13th European Cup, are not just a one-man team. "Especially with regards to the goals in the Champions League. You can say that Real have won the last two titles in a row and maybe they have an advantage but we are in a really good state", Heynckes said.

"They are very hungry".

Not being recognised was no problem, but Heynckes poked fun at former Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who now plays for Chicago Fire. With five games to go, Madrid have not only given up any hopes of defending their Spanish title but have given it up quite easily to arch rivals Barcelona, who are now on a record-breaking domestic unbeaten streak.

"We haven't taken the easiest route this year with PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), Juventus and now Bayern, but we are on the verge of the final".

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