Bayern Munich Hit With Blow as Arturo Vidal Suffers Knee Injury in Training
The 72-year-old Heynckes will now go back into retirement after making one last triumphant return to Bayern, who wrapped up the German top-flight title with five games to spare last week and who face holders Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. "Looking forward to seeing you again", Roma tweeted about the Egyptian striker.
Real, having survived the remarkable Juventus fightback in the Santiago Bernabeu, are searching for a third successive European crown.
Bundesliga champions Bayern, who named their former player Niko Kovac as their next coach minutes before the draw, eased past Sevilla in their quarter-final. "We are therefore convinced that he is the right coach for the future", Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salimhamidzic said via the club's official homepage.
"They are formidable opponents".
"We are meeting the victor of the last two years", Rummenigge said.
"We'll see what we are capable of, but we're confident".
"I'm optimistic. We have great respect for them but we're not afraid".
"He is innovative. He is a coach who loves football and who maintains good communication with his players".
The record 12-time competition winners so almost paid the price for sitting back at the Bernabeu nursing a 3-0 first-leg lead, with the "Old Lady" of Italian football mounting a comeback to level the tie at 3-3 prior to the late penalty drama.
Roma produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in Champions League history to knock out Lionel Messi s Barcelona with a 3-0 victory in the Italian capital that gave them an unexpected win on away goals over the two legs.
Salah and Firmino were on target as Liverpool crushed Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate.
"Liverpool have made a statement similar to ours by knocking out the team I thought might be the favorites to win it all, Manchester City", Roma's veteran captain Daniele de Rossi told the team's Facebook page.
Kovac himself also said that "there is no reason to doubt that I will be the coach of Frankfurt next season".
Roma's sporting director Monchi said: "This seems the flawless opportunity to achieve the happiness that we couldn't get all those years ago. We have to take it as it is". The club captain sat out the second leg against Juventus due to a suspension and would normally be expected to resume his duties against Bayern.
The final is scheduled for May 26 in Kiev, where Klitschko is now the mayor.
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