Rummenigge wants to avoid Juventus in Champions League

FC Bayern München chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits his club and Juventus share many similarities and hopes to avoid them in the next round of the UEFA Champions League.

The Bavarians currently hold a 5-1 aggregate scoreline going into the second leg with Premier League side Arsenal at the Emirates this week, and are firm favorites to progress to the quarter-final stages.

However, Rummenigge, who admits Die Rotten hold a good relationship with the Serie A Champions, wants to avoid them in the last-eight, while also praising their return to the upper echelons of European football.

"In the Champions League, you have to take it one step at a time," he told Tuttosport. "The big clubs want to meet each other as late as possible in the competition, so hopefully we won't run into Juventus for a while yet.

"When Andrea Agnelli became president and sparked the post-Calciopoli rebirth of Juventus, he was inspired by Germany, the Bayern model and how we interpret the business.

"We are not like the English and Spanish clubs, as above all we must run the club independently, without sheikhs or oligarchs who pay the bills.

"Andrea did so well to take Juve back to where they belong. He is very professional and chose excellent collaborators like Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici."

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