BERLIN: Jupp Heynckes plans to down his ex-club Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg, and take the next step to leaving Bayern Munich with another treble.
Heynckes, 72, has already won the Champions League as head coach of both clubs.
He steered Real to the title in 1998, then Bayern in 2013, a season the Germans finished with a treble.
At an age when his contemporaries are busy playing bingo and looking after the grandkids, Heynckes is relishing a high-pressure European showdown.
“It’s a cracker – a gigantic meeting in a positive sense,” said Heynckes.
“These are two teams with a great tradition in European football, who play and love attractive football. It’s a difficult draw for both sides.”
Bayern are the only club left in the Champions League who can still win a treble.
They wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title three weeks ago and will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final on May 19.
If Bayern lift the Champions League trophy in Kiev on May 26, Heynckes, who turns 73 on May 9, will make history as the oldest coach to win the European Cup.
He would eclipse the record of 71 years, 231 days set by Raymond Goethals when Marseille won the Champions League in Munich in 1993.
And winning the trophy for the third time would be his perfect parting gift to Bayern, before Niko Kovac takes over as coach for next season.—AFP