Bayern have a score to settle with Madrid, says Hitzfeld

The former FCB coach expects the German champions to be desperate for revenge if they meet the La Liga side in Europe after last season’s heavy defeat

Ottmar Hitzfeld feels Bayern Munich have a score to settle with Real Madrid in the Champions League and has ruled out a repeat of the Bundesliga champions’ semi-final defeat against the eventual winners last term.

Pep Guardiola’s men were beaten 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg, before Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory in the return in Munich.

Hitzfeld – who coached Bayern between 1998 and 2004 and in 2007-08 – believes Bayern have learned from their mistakes, though, and expects them to be gunning for revenge if they were to meet again this season.

“Bayern are one of the main favourites to win the Champions League. But you can never rule out defeat against another world-class team. Football is simply too unpredictable,” Hitzfeld told Munchner Merkur.

“But there will not be another 4-0 loss against Real Madrid. Bayern have a score to settle against Madrid and they want to get their revenge.

“Bayern have never been as strong as they are now.”

The German champions will have to deal with Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16, with the first leg scheduled to take place on February 17 and the return at the Allianz Arena on March 11.

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