United march into Munich with greater confidence
Bayern Munich must be patient in attack and wary of Manchester United on the break in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday, coach Pep Guardiola said.sports Updated: Apr 09, 2014 01:27 IST
Bayern Munich must be patient in attack and wary of Manchester United on the break in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday, coach Pep Guardiola said.
Holders Bayern have a slight edge after a 1-1 draw in Manchester last week but Guardiola warned of the English team’s defensive tactics and their appetite for quick breaks.
“United will be again waiting for us at the back. They will be waiting deep, deep in their own half,” Guardiola said on Tuesday.
“English teams defend and then wait for the quick break(United coach) David Moyes also has eight, nine players at the back. We are playing at home and that is important and we know exactly what to do to attack well.”
Guardiola said he was convinced United forward Wayne Rooney would be on the pitch despite a toe injury that has cast doubt over his participation.
“He will play, 100 percent,” said Guardiola. “Great players always play the great games.”
Bayern will be without two key midfielders, with Bastian Schweinsteiger suspended following his red card in the first leg and Thiago Alcantara injured, leaving Toni Kroos and possibly right back Philipp Lahm to occupy those positions.
“Philipp can play everywhere. We are missing many players and he has shown that he can play that position,” Guardiola said.
United’s own form, with four goals in each of their last two Premier League wins, is another encouraging sign for manager Moyes.
Meanwhile, Rooney allayed concerns about his fitness by taking part in training on Tuesday. He took part in a light workout at United’s Carrington training centre prior to the squad’s departure.
Injured Ashley Young is doubtful for the game at Bayern, while Robin van Persie remains sidelined with a sprained knee and Juan Mata is cup-tied.
Bayern will be without the support of 700 fans after UEFA ordered one of the sections to be closed after Bayern fans displayed anti-gay and political banners during the match against Arsenal.