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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 September 2018

Arjen Robben: Bayern Munich 'need to be careful' against Sevilla in Champions League quarter-final second leg

Bundesliga champions claimed a 2-1 win in Seville last week, but the Dutch forward is wary of the danger posed by their Spanish opponents

Arjen Robben, centre, takes part in training ahead of Bayern Munich's Uefa Champions League quarter-final second leg against Sevilla. Lukas Barth / EPA
Arjen Robben, centre, takes part in training ahead of Bayern Munich's Uefa Champions League quarter-final second leg against Sevilla. Lukas Barth / EPA

Arjen Robben said Bayern Munich can take nothing for granted against Sevilla in Wednesday's home quarter-final after the Spaniards already eliminated Manchester United from the Uefa Champions League.

Bayern have one foot in a seventh European semi-final in nine years after earning a 2-1 away win at Sevilla in last week's first leg.

However, Sevilla have already given a clear demonstration of how dangerous they are away from home in Europe.

After a goalless draw in Seville in the last 16, they dumped Jose Mourinho's United out with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford last month with French striker Wissam Ben Yedder netting both goals.

Robben warned that Bayern must be on their guard, especially given their history of elimination by Spanish teams in the knock-out phases in each of the last four seasons.

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"We need to be careful," Robben said. "It's the last roll of the dice for Sevilla and they will give it their all. Everyone is talking about the semis, but if we win, then we can talk about that.

"A 2-1 win away from home is always great, but it's not the same as 5-0 against Besiktas [in the last 16]. They [Sevilla] did brilliantly in Manchester and we know we have to perform."

Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes expects Sevilla to attack from the first whistle in Munich.

"They will certainly go on the offensive," Heynckes said. "If you lose 2-1 at home, you have to take the initiative, and that is certainly what Sevilla will do.

"They have to take risks and score two goals in our stadium. They are a team who press really well, but we know what we can do. We're in a good mood, we're hungry and our big goal is to reach the semi-finals."

The Bavarian giants have been merciless recently at the Allianz Arena, demolishing both Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund 6-0 in the last two home games.

Heynckes is wary of the return of midfielder Ever Banega - the "heart" of the Sevilla team - with the Argentine playmaker back from suspension.

With one eye on a potential semi-final, Bayern's players must be careful.

Top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has netted 35 goals in 39 games for Bayern this season, is just one yellow card from a ban.

The same applies to Franck Ribery, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy. Heynckes said Boateng is fit despite a bruised foot.

The Germany centre-back picked up the knock when Bayern were confirmed Bundesliga champions for the sixth straight season with a 4-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.

However, Heynckes said both left-back David Alaba, back in training after a back injury, and midfielder Arturo Vidal, who has a knock, are unlikely to play.

Bayern have reason for optimism about going into the draw for the semi-finals on Friday.

Sevilla are winless in their four games since winning at Old Trafford and crashed to a 4-0 league defeat at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Pressure is mounting on manager Vincenzo Montella after some poor defending at Celta.

"The impossible things might become possible if you believe - and I still believe," said Montella ahead of the Munich match.

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