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The Germans have made it clear that they will do their utmost to record a good result against the Catalan giants...

Bayern Munich’s approach to meeting Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday evening is characterised by respect, but not awe. The Germans are aware of the fact that they will start the match as underdogs, but still target a good result.

“We know Barcelona are overwhelming favourites,” commented Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on the club's official website before departing for the Catalan capital. “You don’t need the gift of prophecy to predict it’ll be tough for us.”

Rummenigge called for “the right reaction” to the setback in Wolfsburg: “We’ll try and pull off a huge upset.”

Rummenigge’s fellow board director Uli Hoeneß expects “an extremely interesting and important game,” with FCB “definitely not the favourites on this occasion. However, we needn’t behave like rabbits caught in headlights,” the general manager advised.

Hoeneß pointed to the history books in support of his argument: the sides have previously met twice in European competition, with the men from Munich going through to the next round on both occasions.

Stefan Coerts,