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Bayern's Guardiola wary of dangerous Porto

Josep Guardiola warned of FC Porto's "great team" after his FC Bayern München side were drawn against the Portuguese outfit in a repeat of the 1986/87 final.

Josep Guardiola will be wary of Porto's attacking threat
Josep Guardiola will be wary of Porto's attacking threat ©AFP/Getty Images

FC Porto will hope to summon up the spirit of 1987 – the year they saw off FC Bayern München in the final – after being drawn to face the Bavarian outfit in a quarter-final tie Josep Guardiola knows will be no easy contest. 

Draw analysis
• Porto overcame Bayern 2-1 in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup final in Vienna, despite falling behind to Ludwig Kögl's 25th-minute strike. Rabah Madjer levelled with 13 minutes left and, three minutes later, Filho Juary took the trophy to Porto for the first time.

• Bayern got a measure of revenge by beating Porto in the 1990/91 and 1999/2000 quarter-finals. In the former tie, Bayern drew the home first leg 1-1 before a 2-0 success in Portugal; nine years later, the first game again finished 1-1, this time in Portugal, before Bayern prevailed 2-1 in Munich, advancing thanks to Thomas Linke's added-time winner.

Madjer's brilliant back-heel
Madjer's brilliant back-heel

• That 1987 final loss to Porto is Bayern's sole reverse in 22 matches against Portugese clubs, of which they have won 13. Their record in Portugal is W5 D6.

• Porto, meanwhile, are unbeaten in three games against German teams, home and away. At home they have not lost in their last six matches against Bundesliga sides, since Bayern's victory in March 1991.

• Bayern have won all four of their home fixtures in this season's UEFA Champions League, scoring 13 goals without conceding.

Reaction
Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
The draw is the draw. All teams have a special quality. Porto and Shakhtar were in the same group, so we have already watched a few of their matches [during the round of 16 scouting of FC Shakhtar Donetsk]. Porto have a great team and a great stadium. They are very strong physically and attack with a lot of pace. But in the quarter-finals you cannot expect an easy match.

Philipp Lahm, Bayern captain
We could have drawn a more uncomfortable opponent. But Porto reached the quarter-finals in convincing style and they showed their quality. For us it is important to get a better result in the first leg than in the round of 16 [0-0 at FC Shakhtar Donetsk].

In football today it doesn't really make a difference if you play the first match home or away. Porto are a technically strong side, they don't just defend with a deep line but want to take the initiative as well. We will have more possession in both matches, so everything will depend on our performance.

Manuel Neuer, Bayern keeper
The atmosphere in Porto is very intense. I witnessed the Porto fans during the 2004 Champions League final against Monaco – the atmosphere was amazing. With these fans it won't be easy for us, but we have played in many different stadiums with various atmospheres and we will know what to expect.

Vítor Baía, former Porto goalkeeper
This was one of the least desirable opponents, but there are no impossibles as the tie starts at 0-0. Last time we came across Bayern [in the 1987 European Champion Clubs' Cup] we weren't favourites but we won. On a perfect day with a perfect game, anything can happen.

Fernando Gomes, Porto ambassador
At this stage of the Champions League all the teams are difficult. We drew Bayern, a club that everyone knows is a powerhouse in European and world football. They are a great team made up of top players and have a great coach. We believe in the project we are all working on. We believe in the ambition and the youth of our team. We believe we can have a big say in this tie.

We have a strong desire to win but we know the tie will be decided out on the pitch. It is a tie that doesn't have a favourite. The favourites will be revealed over the two legs, and I believe that over the two legs we can come out on top. We know Bayern's history and we also have our own European pedigree. We have a young ambitious team that can show its true value over this two-legged tie.