Gomez says Bayern will play to win in Madrid
Bayern Munich will play to win at Real Madrid despite seven
players being under threat of suspension for the final should the
German club advance, striker Mario Gomez promised on Monday.
Gomez says his teammates will not hold back although some of
them may miss the final in their own stadium if they pick up
another booking. Bayern holds a 2-1 advantage ahead of Wednesday’s
return leg in Madrid.
”The yellow cards should not play a role, everyone will give
his best,” the Germany striker said. ”We don’t play to draw,
that’s not our thing. If we play like we did at home, we’ll make
it. We have a team that can win.”
Seven Bayern players have yellow cards and another booking would
rule them out of the final.
They are defenders Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Jerome
Boateng and David Alaba, as well as midfielders Toni Kroos, Luiz
Gustavo and Thomas Mueller.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said he was not concerned about the
”We already had five players with yellow cards before the first
leg and we saw that they can deal with it,” Heynckes said. ”It’s
a matter of being careful, that you are absolutely concentrated on
the match. It shouldn’t play any role. We must not hold back.”
Bayern is seeking to become the first team to play the Champions
League final in its own stadium. Barcelona and Chelsea contest the
other semifinal, with Chelsea holding a 1-0 lead. The final is May
19 at the Allianz Arena.
”We have to call up on all resources,” Heynckes said about
Wednesday’s match. ”Then we have a great chance of reaching the
final. We know we have to score one or two goals. And we can do it,
we have excellent forwards.”