Bayern book their place in Last 32
Bayern Munich continued with their fine form when they managed to edge out FC Zurich, booking their Uefa Champions League spot in the last 32.
An away goal by Mario Gomez was enough to knock Zurich out of contention.
In the first leg, Bayern beat Zurich 2-0 at the Allianz Arena and travelled to Switzerland to protect their two-goal lead. Bayern were utterly professional and won with a 3-0 aggregate.
Gomez, who scored and was substituted at half time against Zurich and Arjen Robben who did not play at Zurich, are both declared to play after their injury woes have eased.
Gomez himself issued a reassuring statement before leaving the stadium. “It was just a little tight,” he reported, “I guess something’s trapped the nerve maybe. I think I’ll be fine for Saturday.”
Coach Jupp Heyneckes confirmed the initial diagnosis: “I reckon he’ll be fit to play on Saturday.” Both men told their club website.
Heyneckes said the same thing about Robben, who started on the bench due to a reaction to an earlier back problem.
“If we’d needed him to play at all costs, I’d have picked him,” Heynckes revealed.
However, the match situation meant Robben was not required. “It was smart to give him a rest,” the boss stated, “I think he’ll be able to start on Saturday."