While their quarterfinals matchup against Porto might not be as talked about as the Atletico-Real Madrid match, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expects it to be no less exciting. He also said that the match with Porto is definitely going to be a a test to them.
“I witnessed the Porto fans during the 2004 Champions League final against Monaco. The atmosphere was amazing,” Neuer said in an interview. “With these fans it won’t be easy for us, but we have played in many different stadiums with varying atmospheres and we will know what to expect.”
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola echoed Neuer’s assessment of their opponent. “They are very strong physically and attack with a lot of pace, but in the quarter-finals you can’t expect an easy match.” He also said that he has closely monitored Porto’s matches during this season. “Porto and Shakhtar were in the same group, so we have already watched a few of their matches,” Guardiola added. Porto is the only team this season that has managed to enter the quarterfinals without a loss.
However, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller was pleased with the results of the draw that they got.
“We are satisfied with the draw,” Muller said in an interview. “It could have been worse,” he added, noting that their side could have ended picking out teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona
“But we need to pay attention.” Muller said cautiously, agreeing with his teammate Neuer that Porto will surely pose a challenge. The two teams have already met in the late stages of several competitions in the past, first in 1987 European Cup finals, where Bayern lost to the Portuguese team, and twice in the 1990-91 and 1999-2000 Champions League quarterfinals, where the German team emerged victorious in both encounters.
The first leg of the match will be played at Porto on April 15 while the second leg would be on the 21, to be played at the Allianz Arena.