Bayern boss Guardiola gives Juventus credit

15 Mar

  • Josep Guardiola gives Juventus maximum credit for their resilience
  • Bayern defeated once in last 15 games; Juve have lost one in 19
  • Juve without Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio
  • Massimiliano Allegri will decide on Wednesday if Mario Mandžukić can play
  • Bianconeri fought back from two goals down to draw first leg 2-2

Possible lineups
Bayern München: Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Alonso; Robben, Müller, Costa; Lewandowski.
Out: Boateng (adductors), Badstuber (ankle)
Doubtful: Martínez (match fitness)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng


Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra; Cuadrado, Khedira, Hernanes, Pogba; Morata, Mandžukić.
Out: Cáceres (Achilles), Marchisio (calf), Dybala (calf), Chiellini (calf)
Doubtful: Mandžukić (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Sturaro

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Josep Guardiola oversees training in the snow

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
We have to accept the result of the first leg. I would have preferred 5-0, but now we have to deal with it. Juventus are Juventus, with their own special spirit. The situation is the same as ever: Juve will be very strong opponents.

I know the Italian mentality – it has won them so many titles. They wait for their moment. They know how to defend and how to score goals. After the first game, my appreciation and respect for Juve is even greater.

Juve can defend with ten players, with concentration and focus. I don’t like this style of play, but I am impressed by the way they do it. They can also keep the ball with players like Paul Pogba, and they can attack. Juve can always score goals. We really will need to be at our best level to win. We’re all looking forward to this ‘final’.

Highlights: Juventus 2-2 Bayern

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
We have to play a perfect game tomorrow. If we are not able to do so, it will be very difficult. We know Bayern are a team that normally take control of the game, 60 to 70% of the time.

Of course it is a pity that we have some injury problems. But we cannot risk anything with those lads, there are many other, and very important, games for us in Serie A and the Copa Italia.

Mandžukić is an extraordinary player. We will decide tomorrow if he will play or not. He trained well, but we do not know yet if he is going to play from the beginning. There are two players missing – this is not a drama, but of course it is sad. But a drama for me is something else in life …

It is possible that Bayern are underestimating Juventus. But I don’t think so, they have lots of respect for us as we do have for them. We have to be very careful and try to be the better team tomorrow. It is as simple as that.

Weekend results
Bayern 5-0 Bremen (Thiago Alcántara 9 90, Müller 31 65, Lewandowski 86)
Kingsley Coman set up two for Thiago Alcántara and the first of two for Thomas Müller, with Robert Lewandowski – on as a substitute – scoring Bayern’s fourth as they ended a two-game wait for a Bundesliga win.

Juventus 1-0 Sassuolo (Dybala 36)
Dybala’s 14th league goal of the season proved enough as Juventus saw out the game to become the first team in history to keep ten consecutive Serie A clean sheets.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: WDLWDW
Juventus: WWLWDD

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Giorgio Chiellini is one of four Juve absentees

Reporter’s view: Jordan Maciel
Bayern have won their last nine UEFA Champions League home matches and will feel confident they can make it ten on Wednesday. Juventus revived their quarter-final hopes in Turin, but will have to tame the Bayern attack and grab an away goal or two to progress – Chiellini will be sorely missed.

Did you know?
Juventus have not beaten Bayern since a 2-1 victory in Turin back in November 2005, but have won all but one of the seven UEFA competition ties in which they drew the home first leg, including the last six. Our match background has all the details.

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