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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Bayern's focus on away goal

Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal during training. Photo: Reuters
Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal during training. Photo: Reuters

Bayern Munich have included Arturo Vidal and Juan Bernat in their squad for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Sevilla tonight after the pair passed late fitness tests.

Midfielder Vidal and fullback Bernat both missed Saturday's 6-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund with minor injuries as the Bavarians moved to within one win of a sixth straight league title with six fixtures still remaining.

"They trained on Sunday and declared themselves fit for Sevilla," the club said.

Coach Jupp Heynckes will have the luxury of an almost full squad to chose from, apart from injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (foot) and forward Kingsley Coman, who has been out with an ankle problem since late February.

"Now come the weeks that the pre-season preparation was all about," Bayern's Thomas Mueller told reporters.

"Everything is at stake in April and we hope to stay in the competition as long as possible. We know what awaits us in Sevilla and are conscious of the challenge. But we want to advance."

But their recent record in Spain is bad, having lost on all five of their last trips to the country and having been eliminated by a Spanish club in the competition in each of the last four seasons. Sevilla are also undefeated in their 11 home games against German clubs.

"We need to score goals, especially away against them," said Bayern winger Arjen Robben.

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