Kovac predestined for Bayern, says Heynckes

Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal

Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

Last year, Ronaldo scored a second-leg hat-trick as Real edged out Bayern in a thrilling quarter-final after extra time.

Both are very familiar with being at this stage.

Putting the numbers to one side, close your eyes and images of some of the previous, colourful run-ins with Bayern start to emerge - many of which Madrid would rather forget...

Heynckes, who coached Madrid to Champions League glory in 1998, said he hoped Ronaldo "does not have a good day" when the sides meet.

"It's a hard draw for both sides". "We already know who are the favourites".

"But we'll have to take care of our game and do what we did against Barcelona". Until quite recently, Bayern were Madrid's bogey team.

The prolific Portuguese tormented Bayern with five goals last season.

The Bavarian powerhouse has won a record six straight Bundesliga titles and may yet secure a league, German Cup and Champions League treble in Heynckes' last season.

Real, who have won the competition 12 times, reached the semi-finals by fighting off a remarkable Juventus comeback before Ronaldo scored a late penalty to give them a 4-3 win on aggregate.

According to reports though, the combustible Ramos could miss at least the first leg of the semis for coming down from the stands Wednesday to join in the celebrations.

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Despite relative inexperience after a stint in charge of Croatia, Kovac saved Frankfurt from relegation after taking over in March 2016 and led the team to the German Cup final the following season.

Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern, who announced minutes before Friday's draw that former player Niko Kovac will succeed Jupp Heynckes as coach at the end of the season, eased past Sevilla in their quarter-final.

The 46-year-old Kovac, who spent most of his playing career as a central midfielder in Germany, was a Croatian worldwide and formerly guided the Croatian national team.

Roma president Jim Pallotta jumped into one of Rome's famous fountains in joy after his team stunned Barcelona in the quarterfinals and said he didn't mind who the Giallorossi got next.

"Look at Paris or Manchester City", he said.

"We're very happy that we could win Niko Kovac as a new coach for Bayern", sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said. "Looking forward to seeing you again", Roma tweeted about the Egyptian striker.

"Niko always talks to me but I haven't received any information".

Liverpool beat runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate to set up their meeting with Roma.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side will host Roma at Anfield on April 24 in their leg.

The 2018 final will be played in Kiev.

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