"I'm not anxious", Zidane said last week. Above all he is a player who has fantasy, has an overview. Their shape is better than past year, they are in top form and playing more like a team under Heynckes, but we are here to change that. With so many attacking options coach Zidane must again decide who he leaves on the bench.
Was that a reference to the likes of Bale?
The Bayern coach also played down the threat of Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored in all 10 of their European matches this season - taking his tally to 42 goals in all competitions.
As such, he was allowed to leave on a two-year loan to Bayern, who have the option to make the deal permanent, and his debut Bundesliga campaign has taken a turn for the better after a slow start.
The sub-plot of James is one of many intertwined between Real and Bayern. That was on display in their last outing in the Champions League, when Juventus beat them 3-1 and lost the tie only because of the first 90 minutes at their own stadium and a fortuitous, if not also deserved, late penalty call.
"This is a team which has been fighting at this level for a long time, it's in the DNA of this club".
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is relishing the chance to stop Cristiano Ronaldo from flexing his famous muscles in the Champions League semi-finals. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have hoisted this trophy a combined 17 times, reached the final on 25 occasions and know the victor of this encounter will be considered the favorite in the final, regardless of the opposition.
"Bayern have shown very little of the fluidity and out-of-this-world football we've become accustomed to in this spell but they've nearly become the Bayern of old - they somehow find a way of winning games".
Then there is Heynckes.
"It is more hard when, how can I say it. well, it has happened to us this year in La Liga where we have lacked consistency, especially earlier in the season - but in these types of games my players are at 150 percent, I've no doubts about that", he said. Roma will face Liverpool on Tuesday in a rematch of the 1984 European Cup final - the last time Roma made even the semifinal of the European Cup or Champions League. However, Heynckes believes there is not much between his current and former sides. And Zidane was in the Juventus team that was beaten in Amsterdam.
Winning the trophy for the third time would be his ideal parting gift to Bayern, before Niko Kovac takes over next season. "He doesn't have to prove anything to anyone - and anyone who thinks I'm against James is wrong". He is more free now and our fans love seeing him play. I never had any problem with him, he just wanted to play. "He is a role model coach".
"I have many memories in my head from the Amsterdam Arena against Juve with Zinedine Zidane, (Filippo) Inzaghi, (Didier) Deschamps and it was a nervous finale with five minutes of added time", Heynckes told a news conference. You have to enjoy it, look forward to it.
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