Bayern eye the chance beyond Real of Champions League final at home

• Allianz Arena final a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity, says coach
• 'It's all or nothing. We have to go to the limits and beyond'

Jupp Heynckes, the Bayern Munich coach, has urged his players to take advantage of a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to play in a Champions League final on home soil by attacking Real Madrid in Tuesday's semi-final first leg and taking a healthy lead to the Bernabéu.

Heynckes, who was sacked by Real in 1998 despite winning the Champions League in his only season there, said that, having given up any hope of winning the Bundesliga title after the 1-0 defeat by the reigning champions Borussia Dortmund last week, the club's main aim was now a fifth European Cup.

"It is certainly a very special motivation that the final takes place in the Allianz Arena. This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Heynckes. "We still have chances in the Champions League and the DFB-Pokal [German Cup] and, when you have a tie like this, the desire to win titles is decisive. I can feel that within the team. We have already shown in the Champions League this year what we are capable of."

Bayern have won when it matters most in Europe. And they have done it with a touch of panache. Mario Gomez has outgunned Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring 11 in nine Champions League appearances, and sits only three goals behind Lionel Messi, who has played more European games. But Heynckes is not kidding himself that Real Madrid are anything other than a stellar side with an elite manager. Mourinho's Inter beat Bayern in the 2010 Champions League final and Heynckes is not shy of hiding his admiration for Madrid's coach.

"He has put his mark on the team and I would not say [Mourinho] is a defensive manager. You have to be balanced as a team in modern football, he is breaking all the goalscoring records. I would say he is one of the best managers in Europe. They are even more dangerous and effective this season. Spanish football is currently leading the way."

Both teams rested players in their weekend fixtures, although Real will be aware of the impending clasíco on Saturday in which they can take a big step towards the La Liga title by beating Barcelona at Camp Nou. But Bayern's influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is still easing himself back to full fitness after an ankle injury, believes Bayern's only hope is to put everything on the line.

"It's all or nothing. We have to go to the limits and beyond but we can do it with our fans behind us. It won't be easy and it comes down to mental strength. I hope we can show the mentality which marks Bayern out," he said.

The English referee Howard Webb will take charge of a fixture that has a history of histrionics, ill-discipline and plenty of goals. In 1988 the Real striker Juanito was banned for five years for stamping on Lothar Matthäus's face. Between 1999 and 2004 the sides faced each other in three out of four seasons. In 1999-2000 they played four times. Bayern won three and lost one, beating Madrid 4-2 and 4-1 in the group. Yet it was Madrid who reached the final and won it.

It is a rivalry that crosses borders but Heynckes is confident the teams no longer bristle with the bitterness of the past.

"Football has changed since those days, there are so many cameras at the match. I don't have a feeling that the teams will go for it in a way that goes beyond the limits. In any case we have a referee who will be there to control all of this."

The Real midfielder Xabi Alonso is not concerned about any added motivation on Bayern's part. "Playing the first leg away from home, we want to score as this gives you an advantage," he said.

"We are 100% motivated for it. It [reaching the final] would be a major achievement. We are determined to make it."

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