“It'll be a very, very tough game," said Bayern vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Juventus are one of the best teams in Europe, and they're unbeaten in the Champions League. They're very smart, clinical and clever. Give them one chance and they'll score."
Indeed, the Serie A leaders are the only team apart from Bundesliga holders Borussia Dortmund to remain undefeated in Europe's elite competition, having taken top spot in a group that included Shakhtar Donetsk, holders Chelsea FC and FC Nordsjaelland, before smashing Celtic FC in the Round of 16 with a 5-0 aggregate scoreline.
"They've got a lot of experience," said Toni Kroos of a Juventus side boasting a mean age of 28.2. "It'll be extremely tough, but our goal is to progress. A home win and a clean sheet would be a great result for us. Like us, they've got a strong midfield. Maybe we'll have to show one or two players a bit more attention, but we'll still play our game."
"Top player, nothing more"
One of those players expected to put the Reds' European credentials under the microscope is veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo. The mere mention of the 33-year-old's name leaves many a German football fan quaking in their boots, the Italian having played such an integral part in FIFA 2006 World Cup and EURO 2012 defeats for Germany.
"You can always dig up statistics and stories - some turn out to be true, others not," asserted Thomas Müller, rebuffing whisperings of a so-called 'Italian complex' plaguing the German game. "Pirlo's a top player, nothing more," he added nonchalantly. A player, it should be added, who has yet to be on the losing side in six Champions League meetings with Bayern.
'Miracle of Turin'
"They've always been very tough matches," said Schweinsteiger who, looking to set the record straight after thrice falling to the curse of 'the Old Lady' in six previous meetings, will most likely be joined by Luis Gustavo in the engine room after Javi Martinez picked up a yellow card against Arsenal last time out.
Of that rather mixed bag of results, however, was "the miracle of Turin", an unforgettable 4-1 victory away to Juventus in December 2009 which, at the Turin club's expense, sealed Bayern's place in the last 16 and propelled the Bavarians all the way to the Champions League final.
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Gustavo, Schweinsteiger - Muller, Kroos, Ribery - Mandzukic
Juventus: Buffon - Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci - Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah - Matri, Quagliarella