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Jupp Heynckes not picky about Bayern Munich’s semi-final opponents

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is not picky about who his side will face in the Champions League semi-finals.

The German champions booked their spot in the last four for the seventh time in the last nine years after a goalless draw with Sevilla in the second leg of their quarter-final sent them through 2-1 on aggregate.

Liverpool, Roma or Real Madrid wait in the next round but Heynckes knows a tough encounter lies in wait, whoever they are pitted against.

He said at his post-match press conference, reported on UEFA’s Twitter feed: “No coach ever has a preference. Look at what happened to Barcelona yesterday. The games will be tight.

“You saw yesterday in Manchester and Rome that anything can happen. You cannot underestimate any team that has qualified for a semi-final.

“Of course we are ambitious and want to reach the final.

“The semi-final games will be tough – but we have the ambition and the motivation to face up to those challenges.

“Some big teams have gone out. There are always surprises in the Champions League. I think we have a good chance. My players have big ambitions to win.”

It was far from a vintage Bayern display as they were kept from scoring in the opening 45 minutes for only the third time in 50 games, while they also were denied victory on home soil for just the third time this season.

For Sevilla, it could have been different had Joaquin Correa’s header gone in instead of hitting the crossbar, but in truth a comeback never looked likely.

They also ended with 10 men when Correa’s evening got worse after a late tackle on Javi Martinez saw him dismissed.

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