The Dutch striker believes a meeting of the sides in the Champions League would be a tantalising prospect and says Arjen Robben and Co. fully deserve their Bundesliga title
By Guus Hetterscheid
Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar says he would relish the chance to see Bayern Munich face Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League.
Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in their quarter-final tie after demolishing Schalke in the last 16, while Bayern will face Manchester United after seeing off Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate.
Huntelaar, who played for los Blancos in 2009 and scored a sublime volley in their 9-2 aggregate loss this season, believes a meeting of Pep Guardiola’s side and Carlo Ancelotti’s Liga giants would prove tantalising.
“It’s hard to say who’s better,” he told Goal. “But I think the midfield of Bayern is stronger then the one of Real.
“It would be exciting to see them battle in the Champions League. Real is very quick with counterattacks and Bayern always want to dominate the game. But they first have to deal with Dortmund and Man United.”
Bayern clinched the Bundesliga title in record time with their 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday and Huntelaar admits the Bavarians fully deserved their title – although he hinted at their transfer policy of signing players from their rivals as an important aspect of their success.
“Bayern deserved the championship, that’s clear. They have won so many games and with a lot of goals,” he said. “They play a very attacking style and their movement over the pitch is great. That makes them great. And also they have the possibilities to get the best players from other German clubs.
“No I won’t send a text message to Arjen [Robben]. I will congratulate him when we see each other at the [Netherlands] national team. I am not surprised that Bayern are champions. They are by far the best team this season in the Bundesliga.”
Huntelaar played in Schalke’s 0-0 derby draw with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but the 30-year-old admits that El Clasico remains the finest rivalry in the game.
“Every derby is special, especially the atmosphere on the stands,” added the former Ajax striker. “Every culture has its own way of showing passion. AC Milan-Inter was the most ‘explosive’ atmosphere, a real mediterranean temper.
“In Germany there is also a lot of emotion, just like in Spain, but over there there are always a lot of families in the stadium.
“But El Clasico is very special because of the atmosphere. I have watched that game on Sunday [Barcelona’s 4-3 win]. I was supporting Real, but I also just enjoyed the football. I watched as football fan. It was a great game.”