Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has stated that Bayern Munich will be clear favourites to progress into the Champions League semi-finals after being paired with the French club at the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Although the Ligue 1 side eliminated 2010 winners Inter in the previous round, the France international is pleased simply to have reached this stage, hinting that further progress would be an unexpected bonus.
"In the quarter-finals, you cannot avoid big fish," he told Uefa.com. "Bayern are a very big team and it will be difficult. We are happy because we have reached this stage of the competition and we cannot wait because it is an important game.
"It is obvious that Bayern are favourites in this tie but we will try our best."
Mandand will be suspended in the first leg of this clash, which will be played at Stade Velodrome, after being dismissed on Tuesday night in a 2-1 reverse against the Nerazzurri, which was enough to see OM through on away goals. Souleymane Diawara is also banned for the home fixture.