Salihamidžić made a name for himself while playing for Bayern Munich for nine seasons with whom he won the Bundesliga title six times, DFB-Pokal title four times, the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, where he also scored in the final, and the 2001 Intercontinental Cup. He has also played for Italian giant Juventus for four seasons.
Salihamidžić spoke to Spanish publication Marca and claimed that he has utmost respect for Real and is a big fan of Ronaldo and Bale.
‘Brazzo’, as he’s affectionately known in Munich, is well-liked at Bayern. This is partly due to the games he played against Real Madrid’s ‘Galacticos’.
Salihamidžić stressed that current Real side is much different from the one he played against and he is a big admirer of their counter attacking powers. He said: “They’re different. The Real I faced played a different brand of football; they were more like Bayern. They liked to control the game and dominate possession. Now they have Cristiano and Bale, the most dangerous counter-attack in football.”
A Real versus Bayern in 2002 was an epic encounter. Sending off after a scuffle with Solari, a broken nose in a clash with Roberto Carlos and some famous comments that were reported on all over the world. “Real were crapping their pants,” Salihamidzic once said after Bayern came back from a 1-0 home defeat in Munich.
When asked about “that” sentence again, Salihamidžić said: “No, please, don’t start. That sentence was taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for Real, their fans, the club and their players. When they asked me about that, I was talking about all our rivals, it was a sweeping generalisation. I said that every team that plays us at home is scared to death of us when we play like that. I know that the Bernabeu faithful don’t like me very much because of those comments.”
Salihamidžić was also asked about his memories of against Madrid players. He said: “Yes, I played a game with the Juventus veterans last year. I caught up with Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Hierro… we talked about it. We joked and had a friendly chat, reminiscing about those very exciting, but beautiful games.”
Meanwhile, the good news surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo just keeps coming at Valdebebas. According to the club, the Portuguese completed today’s training session with the rest of his teammates, which means that only an unexpected relapse would keep him out of Wednesday’s game.
Carletto called up three players from Real Madrid Castilla (Llorente, Burgui and Pablo Felipe) in order to train with two ten-man teams and try out his tactics ahead of the Bayern game. Bale did not feature, although the Welshman looks likely to start, barring any last minute surprises. Ancelotti prepared for the game with Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Modric, Xabi, Di María, Isco, Benzema and Cristiano. A recently recovered Sergio Ramos also participated in the session.