The former Bayern Munich star Mario Basler, who scored in the 1999 Champions League final against the Red Devils, says there is no chance his former club will lose to Manchester United tonight.
It’s been almost 15 years since Bayern Munich lost 2-1 to Manchester United in one of the most memorable UEFA Champions League finals in history.
Mario Basler scored the opening goal that day, his sixth minute free-kick giving Ottmar Hitzeld’s team an early lead, before two stoppage time goals broke Bayern hearts in Barcelona.
The two clubs will do battle again in Europe on Tuesday in the first leg of the quarter-finals, and with Bayern already crowned Bundesliga champions and United floundering domestically, Basler can only see one outcome.
“Every team that reaches the quarter-final is dangerous, but Bayern are still the clear favourites for me, even though United’s squad is strong. Bayern will focus on their own game.
“United versus Bayern is a great match-up with a lot of history, but I think the result will be more clear-cut in favour of Bayern this year. I’m expecting them to win.
“Bayern are so consistent and don’t underestimate any opponent. They just focus on their own strengths.”
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