Makaay confident of Real upset
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Bundesliga champions face Carlos Quieroz's side in Bavaria for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second round tie and the former Deportivo La Coruna hit-man is eyeing to upset the Spanish champions.
The Dutchman knows Bayern have a chance of earning a result against Los Galacticos and hopes his side can get off to a good start on Tuesday, despite some poor performances recently in the Bundesliga.
"We have much confidence because Real Madrid never has won in the Olympiastadion, and in addition to not being favorite, Bayern does not have the pressure of the press to surpass this stage against Madrid," declared Makaay.
"Hopefully, a good effort might change the opinion of all those who have criticized us.
"Also, we could remove the chance of being eliminated by earning a good result at home instead of needing to gain something from both legs.
"At home, we are going to try to impose our game on Madrid by pressing them and taking our chances because putting under pressure has ben known to cause them problems."
Makaay also talked about the striking qualities of the of Raul and Ronaldo, claiming his side do have the defenders to stop them.
"We know Ronaldo but we have two power stations that can mark him very well, but will not mark them individually because it is not our style," added Makaay.
"But after Ronaldo, there is always Raul - who for me is the most important player of Real Madrid."
Makaay believes midfielder Michael Ballack must take responsibility for the club's leadership when goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn is injured.
"Oliver Kahn is a leader and a born winner and people will also demand this of Ballack," said Makaay.
"Being one of the most important players in Germany - he assumes plenty of responsibility when he (Kahn) does not play in the team."
Despite Makaay's confidence for the tie against Real, fellow Bayern hit-man Claudio Pizarro thinks his side will be underdogs.
"We continue to be Bayern Munich in spite of everything but against Real Madrid in this type of tie, we are not favorites," admitted the Peruvian international.
"As a team, we do play better against Real Madrid and it is not bad for us to play the return match in the Santiago Bernabeu because this year, we have been stronger away from home."