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Guardiola demands Bayern focus against United

Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 18.29CET
After FC Bayern München's 18-month unbeaten league run ended on Saturday, Josep Guardiola wants no repeat against a Manchester United FC side in good heart.
by Daniel Lerche
from Munich

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Tournament statistics

BayernMan. United

Goals scored24
 
17
Possession (%)65
 
35
Total attempts230
 
103
on target149
 
63
off target81
 
40
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork7
 
4
Corners98
 
52
Offsides31
 
23
Yellow cards15
 
18
Red Cards2
 
1
Fouls committed134
 
132
Fouls suffered140
 
111
Passes9575
 
5556
completed7948
 
4066

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Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 18.29CET

Guardiola demands Bayern focus against United

After FC Bayern München's 18-month unbeaten league run ended on Saturday, Josep Guardiola wants no repeat against a Manchester United FC side in good heart.

UEFA Champions League holders FC Bayern München may have the upper hand as they go into the home leg of their quarter-final at 1-1 with Manchester United FC but Josep Guardiola, his team depleted by injury and suspensions and coming off a first league loss in 54 games, knows they have to be at their very best against opponents who have won on their last two visits to Germany. David Moyes, who could have Wayne Rooney available, expects a "better showing" than in last week's opener – and acknowledges that will be essential.

Bayern
Josep Guardiola, coach
One-all is a risky scoreline, we could not win in Manchester. But I am sure we will go through. We need a good performance and we want to win the game.

It is a different competition to the Bundesliga. We have already won the Bundesliga. Of course I am sad for the team that we lost in Augsburg, but our focus in recent weeks was this game against United.

We have to make sure we keep our form, we can't allow to happen what happened in Manchester, we must not concede a goal. We spoke with the team about what to do to win. We have to attack very well. They will wait until we lose the ball and then they will try to counterattack. So we have to be very focused. We had some good chances in Manchester, they just had one.

I know exactly how we have to play. For tomorrow I have two doubts. We have only got 14 players to pick from. Where [Philipp] Lahm will play depends on the situation, on the other players available, on the opposition.

In a quarter-final you never have a second chance. The pressure is high and we have always done well in this situation. It is all about small tactical details. Our players know after the experience in Manchester how United play. My players know their strengths and weaknesses. United are a very big team. Before the first game, everybody was just talking about Bayern. But now people know that United can win in Munich too. But we will play at home, with our fans we can win this game.

Weekend result
Saturday: FC Augsburg 1-0 Bayern (Mölders 31)
Neuer; Weiser, Martinez, Van Buyten, Sallahi (Alaba 51); Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Shaqiri (Götze 46), Højbjerg; Pizarro (Müller 61), Mandžukić.

• Bayern's 53-match Bundesliga unbeaten run, stretching back to October 2012, was ended on Saturday, the first time in 65 league fixtures – and 60 games in all competitions – they had not found the net.

Team news
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martínez are suspended. Thiago Alcántara is expected to be missing with a knee complaint until the end of April. Diego Contento suffered a foot injury before the first leg while Xherdan Shaqiri went off at half-time in Augsburg with a torn muscle in his right thigh.

Second-choice goalkeeper Tom Starke sustained an elbow problem in training on Friday and will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Third-choice Lucas Raeder is also injured, so 19-year-old Leopold Zingerle, normally the reserve keeper for the Under-23s in the fourth-tier Regionalliga, will be on the bench against United.

United
David Moyes, manager
I'm looking forward to the game. It's a second leg with the opportunity to go through, and we'll do everything we can to reach the final. This is the hardest level of the competition so far.

I'd like to have more possession and have a bigger effect on the game. The quality of the opponent is great. I expect us to play better than in the first leg – and I believe we can. To get through, we'll have to. My focus is on getting through. The players are ready and focused. We're relishing it.

We'll need a good performance from everybody. We can't have any passengers. All my players are well prepared. We did all we can to prepare properly for this game. We will have to win this 'final' to get to the next stage. It is like a cup final, even if it is just the second leg.

My focus is this game now. We have a good record in this competition, it's one we want to stay in. We need to score a goal and we'll need to play with the same spirit we showed in the first game. We'll have to play well.

We'll do everything we can [to get Wayne Rooney fit]. He's happy to take an injection to play in the game and that tells you about his feeling for the club and the game. Wayne is a character and he is determined to play. If he's determined to play we'd be mad not to give him that opportunity.

Weekend result
Saturday: Newcastle United FC 0-4 Manchester United (Mata 39 50, Hernández 64, Januzaj 90+3)
Lindergaard; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Evra (Büttner 64); Young (Januzaj 18), Fletcher, Fellaini (Nani 70), Kagawa; Mata; Hernández.

• United recorded a third successive away win in all competitions on Saturday.

Team news
Rooney sat out the Newcastle match having suffered a toe injury in the first leg and Ashley Young had to be replaced after 18 minutes on Saturday having torn ligaments in his hand; both trained on Tuesday, unlike Rafael and Marouane Fellaini. Robin van Persie is absent until the end of April with the left knee injury sustained in the 3-0 victory over Olympiacos FC last month.

Match fact
• For all the impressive statistics surrounding Bayern, they have failed to win any of their last four fixtures against English sides in Munich.

Last updated: 09/04/14 16.47CET

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