I bet a beer Rooney will play against Bayern – Guardiola

2014-04-08 16:24

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Munich – Bayern Munich must be patient in attack and wary of Manchester United on the break in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg, 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.

“I think United will again be waiting for us at the back. They will be waiting deep, deep in their own half,” the Spaniard told reporters today.

“English teams defend and then wait for the quick break. [United coach] David Moyes also has eight, nine players at the back. They are waiting for mistakes, set pieces and breaks.

“That is why we have to be disciplined. We are playing at home. That is important and we know exactly what to do to attack well.”

Guardiola said he was convinced that United forward Wayne Rooney would be on the pitch tomorrow night despite a toe injury that had cast doubt over his participation.

“He will play, 100%,” said Guardiola. “Great players always play the great games and I bet a beer that he will play.”

Guardiola brushed aside Bayern’s first league defeat after 53 games on Saturday to Augsburg, saying he was not after records.

But after the draw in Manchester and another draw against Hoffenheim, it is the first time since 2011 that Bayern, who clinched the Bundesliga title in record time last month, have gone three straight games without a win.

“I knew that we would lose eventually,” said Guardiola, who had fielded a below-strength team against Augsburg to rest key players.

“The team knows how important the Champions League is. Obviously we still have to play the last few Bundesliga games but our targets are now different ones.”

Bayern will be without two key midfielders with Bastian Schweinsteiger suspended after 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. “We know what we have to do and we will apply it. It is little details that will decide the outcome.”

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