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Maradona: Bayern Munich will beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals

Published: April 14, 2012 | 7:46 am
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The Argentine legend has stated that the Bundesliga outfit are a well-run club, and fancies Jupp Heynckes’ men to defeat the Spanish giants over two legs

The outspoken Argentine legend has highlighted the Bundesliga giants as a blueprint for other sides to follow, and fancies them to beat Jose Mourinho’s men over two legs.

“In the case of Bayern Munich, the club is owned 9% by Adidas, 9% by Audi, and 82% by the partners and shareholders,” the South American commented in his column for Times of India.

“Bayern Munich is a privately-held shareholding company, where the fans are the real bosses. For this reason the team can only spend as much as it makes, and success comes on the field and in marketing operations.

“This is an example of a well-run, democratic club which I personally think will defeat Real Madrid to reach the final of the Champions League against Barcelona.

“The final, incidentally, will be played in the beautiful Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, favouring the Germans,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Al-Wasl boss also took a swipe at the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea for their overindulgence in the transfer market.

“Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City lost £250 million (€303m) last year, while [Roman] Abramovich-owned Chelsea lost close to £80m (€97m).

“All of these clubs have billionaire owners who can write cheques to cover the losses of the clubs, but is this the best way to run a successful football team?

“I don’t believe so. It is an antiquated system destined to the dust heap,” he concluded.

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