Bayern must be fearless against Real: Robben
BERLIN - Agence France-Presse
“Last year we did not do well in the home game and played with a bit of fear,” said Robben.
“That should not happen on Wednesday.
“We’ll be ready. They can also be vulnerable and we can go into the game with our heads high.”
However the match turned as Ronaldo netted two second-half goals and Bayern had Javi Martinez sent off for a second booking.
Bayern went down fighting in the return, losing 4-2 away having played extra time with a man down after Vidal was sent off late on and Ronaldo wrapped up his hat-trick.
The Germans face a daunting task again.
It is easy to understand any nervousness in Bayern’s ranks facing superstar Ronaldo.
The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season alone.
Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski both came off the bench to score second-half goals.
Lewandowski, the team’s top-scorer who was injured for last season’s first leg against Real, has hit 39 goals, compared to Ronaldo’s 42, in all competitions in 2017/18.
Bayern has scored 14 times in its last three games -- with Lewandowski and Müller claiming four goals each.
“We’ve hit a purple patch and the game is coming at the right time.
“I’m sure we won’t be gifted anything, but there’s something in the air right now.”
Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to its 2013 treble, wants a place in the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev before stepping down as head coach.
Just as he did in 2013, the 72-year-old could bow out with the treble.
Bayern has already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title and is into the German Cup final on May 19.
“We have the big goal of moving into the final,” said Heynckes who will be replaced by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Niko Kovac next season.