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Ribery looks forward to Real Madrid showdown after victory over Marseille

The France international is well aware of the threat posed by Jose Mourinho's star-studded lineup but he is looking forward to locking horns with the Spanish giants nonetheless

Franck Ribery set his sights on a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final showdown with Real Madrid after Bayern Munich completed a 4-0 aggregate win over Marseille at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.

A double from Ivica Olic enabled the Bavarians to coast to victory against their Ligue 1 opponents, with Jupp Heynckes' troops having done all the hard work at the Stade Velodrome last week.

Ribery is well aware that things will not quite be as straightforward against Madrid, who are 3-0 up ahead of their second-leg clash with APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, but he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to shoot down the Liga leaders.

"I think we'll face Real Madrid in the semis and that's super for us," the winger enthused during a post-game interview with Sky.

"We're currently playing very well. Real are a big club and I hope that there will be two good games for us."

Meanwhile, Ribery was keen to heap praise on team-mate David Alaba, who had a fine game against Marseille.

"When you're playing at Bayern, it's never easy," the France international mused. "You have to win every game and that's not easy.

"But Alaba is a great kid: 19 years old and yet so good. You really don't have the feeling that this is really just a kid who is playing with us."

As for Alaba, he acknowledged that Marseille had made a bright start to the game in Bavaria but felt that the hosts were good value for what ultimately proved a facile win.

"In the beginning Marseille was dangerous, but we were the better side over 90 minutes," the midfielder argued.

Bayern must now turn their attention back to the Bundesliga and this weekend's meeting with Augsburg.

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