Berlin - Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is
relishing the Champions League last 16 clash against
his former club Juventus, but says he would have
preferred to meet them in the final.
Bayern play Juventus in Turin in the first leg on
February 23, then host last season's finalists at
Munich's Allianz Arena on March 16 for a place in
It will be Vidal's first return to Turin since signing for
Bayern in July and the Chile international is wary of
resurgent Juve, who have climbed to fourth in Serie
A on the back of six straight victories.
"They are very strong. They had a few problems at
the start of the season, but that was to be expected
because they changed many players," Vidal told
German daily Bild.
"I would have preferred to have had them in the
Bayern are set to face their former striker Mario
Mandzukic, who joined Juventus from Atletico
Madrid before the start of the season, while France
Under-21 winger Kingsley Coman joined Bayern in
August on a two-year loan deal from Juve.
"It will be a great match," said Coman, who has
scored four goals for Bayern since his arrival.
"I am looking forward to it, because I came to
Bayern to play in big games like this."
Bayern are eager to reach this season's Champions
League final in Milan on May 28 having exited in the
semi-finals for the last two years running.