Bay­ern must step up in Madrid - Pep

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Pep Guardi­ola has said Bay­ern Mu­nich will only beat Real Madrid in Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nal with a vastly im­proved dis­play af­ter their lack­lus­tre Bun­desliga win at bot­tom-side Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig.

Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Bay­ern ended a run of three Bun­desliga games with­out vic­tory with an unim­pres­sive 2-0 win at Braun­schweig on Satur­day, four days be­fore their semi­fi­nal, first-leg at Madrid’s Bern­abeu.

“We won’t reach the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal un­less we put in a com­mand­ing per­for­mance against Real Madrid,” said Guardi­ola.

“It’s not been easy for us af­ter win­ning the Ger­man ti­tle, but we fought de­spite a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.”

Hav­ing beaten Real in a penalty shootout in the 2012 Cham­pi­ons League semi­fi­nals, Bay­ern have been dubbed “la bes­tia ne­gra” – black beasts – by Real fans, but chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge said they must prove them­selves.

“We have the nick­name ‘la bes­tia ne­gra’, but now we have to pro­vide some proof of that in Madrid,” said Rum­menigge, who said he hopes Real’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will face Bay­ern.

“When Real Madrid play Bay­ern Mu­nich, it’s a game the whole world will be watch­ing. I’m al­ways for see­ing the best play­ers on the pitch.”

Peru vet­eran Clau­dio Pizarro, 35, and Croa­t­ian striker Mario Mandzu­kic were on tar­get in Braun­schweig with late goals in what was only Bay­ern’s third win in their last seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Bay­ern needed 76 min­utes to breach the Braun­schweig de­fence with the hosts bat­tling to pre­serve their top-flight sta­tus.

The break­through came when Mario Goezte found Pizarro and he scored Bay­ern’s first goal in their last three league games.

With the Braun­schweig de­fence grow­ing tired, Mandzu­kic grabbed their sec­ond three min­utes from time as Bay­ern won their first league match since win­ning the ti­tle nearly four weeks ago with a record seven games to spare.

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