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18 March 2012 | Sports News

Ribery: We are Bayern Munich and we fear no side

Franck Ribery insists having to go through Real Madrid and then Barcelona to win this season's Champions League would not be a problem for Bayern Munich, revealing that the Bavarians fear no side.

Jupp Heynckes' men have been paired with Marseille in the quarter-finals but they will most likely face Los Blancos in the semis should they progress, as the La Liga leaders have been drawn against Cypriot minnows APOEL.

With Barcelona on the other half of the draw, it would appear that Bayern will have to do things the hard way if they are to claim their first Champions League since 2001 - but Ribery does not mind one bit.

"If that [facing Madrid and then Barca] is the case, then there will be no problem," the France international claimed.

"We have no fear. We are FC Bayern. We hide from no-one."

Ribery admitted that he is in a bullish frame of mind after a week in which Bayern hammered Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga before battering Basel 7-0 in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

"We had a difficult phase," he admitted. "But now we are working well in attack and that helps the team defensively.

"Arjen Robben is back in great shape. Everything is clicking with us again."

However, Ribery is refusing to underestimate Bayern's quarter-final opponents Marseille, a side he was very familiar with having enjoying a two-year spell at the Stade Velodrome before moving to Munich in 2007.

"This is not an easy draw," he is quoted as saying by "In Marseille there is a fantastic atmosphere. The people live for football. 60,000 spectators will be against us."

Meanwhile, Ribery is in no doubt that Bayern can also win the Bundesliga this season, even though they are currently five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

"Five points you can make up," he declared. "We will try everything to win the remaining games and then we'll see what happens in the league.

"We have to win in Dortmund [on April 11] and then anything is possible!"

Bayern handed over €25 million to Marseille for Ribery just under five years ago.

quot-img-1I rather live and believe there is God and die to know there is no God than to live and believe there is no God and die to know there is God.

By: Richard Nuakoh, USA quot-img-1