Barca wary of Bayern
The Spanish giants Barcelona might like to think that Bayern Munich, smarting from a 5-1 humiliation at the weekend, will pose no threat to their Champions League ambitions.sports Updated: Apr 07, 2009 23:34 IST
The Spanish giants Barcelona might like to think that Bayern Munich, smarting from a 5-1 humiliation at the weekend, will pose no threat to their Champions League ambitions.
Coach Pep Guardiola, however, believes such a result is dangerous as his team prepares to meet the German champions in the first leg of their quarterfinal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
“Bayern have won the European Cup four times and have won their domestic league many times, and it is now sure they will arrive with even greater motivation,” he told media.
The Primera Liga leaders resumed their push for honours on three fronts with a gritty 1-0 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday.
The Catalans, who have already reached the King’s Cup final, maintained a six-point lead over Real Madrid with nine games left.
“After the break for internationals the win over Valladolid was vital to get our competitive edge back,” Guardiola said.
“The players gave their all and the shouts of happiness you could hear from the dressing room after the match show how important we felt the three points were.”
Guardiola has a doubt over the fitness of midfielder Yaya Toure who is due to return after a thigh muscle tear but captain Carles Puyol and midfielder Andres Iniesta are fit again after injury layoffs.
Bayern coach Juergen Klinsmann has recovered Hamit Altintop from injury while striker Luca Toni played for the first time in the 5-1 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday after more than four weeks out with a heel injury.
But the Germans, who defend an undefeated run in the Champions League this season, will be without striker Miroslav Klose, out for several more weeks after surgery, and central defender Lucio, who sustained a thigh injury on Saturday.