Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned Bayern Munich not to let history
repeat itself against Liverpool in their home Champions League
last 16, second leg after a goalless draw at Anfield.
Bayern earned the draw in a nervy first leg on Merseyside to put
the German giants in a good position for the return at their
Allianz Arena on March 13.
"We have opened the door for the second leg a bit, but I warn
against going into the return leg with too much euphoria - it's
not a result that is safe," Rummenigge, Bayern's chairman,
The 63-year-old speaks from experience having been in an
identical situation before. He was part of the same Munich team
as current president Uli Hoeness that lost the semi-final of the
1981 European Cup to Liverpool.
In 1981, Bayern also earned a goalless draw at Anfield and
Rummenigge scored in a 1-1 draw in the return leg, but an away
goal by Ray Kennedy at Munich's Olympic Stadium put Liverpool
"We were eliminated after a 1-1 draw in Munich, so we must not
make the same mistake my team made. We have to play very well in
the second game," said Rummenigge.
Bayern put in a solid defensive display on Merseyside on Tuesday
to frustrate a Liverpool side fresh after a 10-day break, but
head coach Niko Kovac also warned they must finish the job in
"Everyone was there for the other and you can see that if we have
a structure in our game, it's hard to score against us," said
"That's the approach, but there was still room for improvement.
"We have reached our goal and earned a draw, now we have to see
that we finish the job at home."
Centre-back Mats Hummels said Bayern's game plan was focused on
frustrating Liverpool's forward trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino
and Sadio Mane.
"It was primarily about taking out the strengths of the opponent
and we succeeded," said Hummels.
"The goal was to slow down Liverpool's three forwards.
"We now have a situation where we can progress with a home win
and no team is ever happy to come to Munich."