Guardiola aiming to break through Atlético wall

2 May

  • Saúl Ñíguez scored only goal as Atlético edged last week’s first leg
  • Atlético have won their last seven games and are 602 minutes without conceding
  • Bayern have lost just twice in 23 previous home meetings with Spanish sides
  • The visitors are on a seven-match run of victories
  • Clubs have met just once before, Bayern winning 1974 final in a replay

Possible lineups
Bayern
: Neuer; Lahm, Martínez, Boateng, Alaba; Alonso, Vidal; Costa, Ribéry; Müller, Lewandowski.
Out: Robben (groin), Badstuber (ankle)
Doubtful: none


Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luís; Saúl, Gabi, Augusto, Koke; Griezmann, Ferando Torres.
Out: Tiago (broken leg)
Doubtful: none

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Franck Ribéry is fit

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
We mustn’t think about how many goals we must score. We need think first about defending well and controlling the game. We want possession and we want goals. Atleti defend very well, but they are also going good up front. It is complicated to play a team like them. They know each other so very well. We will create chances, if perhaps not too many.

It will be my last game in the Champions League here in Munich and I have always been treated absolutely wonderfully. In Germany you play a little differently, and I tried to adapt some things. I have learned a lot here. We have achieved a lot during my time here, but it is always really difficult to make the final of this competition.

Head-to-head: Philipp Lahm v Koke

Diego Simeone, Atlético coach
Football is a fantastic sport and there’s a variety of ways to play it, depending on the players at your disposal. Our work over the last few years is paying dividends now. We have experienced guys mixed with some new players and they are all really great to work with them. That is reflected by our results.

We were sharp in the first leg and we will see how sharp we are tomorrow; and how sharp Bayern are. Every game is different. We want to win, that’s our plan. We want to play well and enjoy our success. But above all, what matters most is that we make the final.

First-leg highlights: Saúl magic gives Atlético the edge

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Jérôme Boateng returns

Weekend results
Bayern München 1-1 Mönchengladbach (Müller 6; Hahn 72)
Bayern must wait until next weekend to seal their fourth successive Bundesliga title after this draw and Borussia Dortmund’s 5-1 victory against Wolfsburg cut their advantage to five points with two games left. Recovered from a groin injury, centre-back Jérôme Boateng made his first appearance for Bayern since 22 January, replacing the rested Javi Martínez.

Atlético Madrid 1-0 Rayo Vallecano (Griezmann 55)
Antoine Griezmann scored less than 60 seconds after stepping off the bench as Atlético narrowly overcame their Madrid neighbours to record a seventh straight win in all competitions. Simeone’s team, level on 85 points with leaders Barcelona, go into their semi-final second leg against Bayern having kept a clean sheet in each of their last six games.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: DLWWWD
Atlético: WWWWWW

Bayern beat Atlético in ’74 final

Reporter’s view: Jordan Maciel (@UEFAcomJordanM)
After failing to score an away goal in Madrid, Bayern have it all to do if they are to avoid semi-final elimination by Spanish opposition for the third season running. Atlético shine brightest when they are the underdogs, but should be considered favourites to reach the Milan final, especially if they score in Munich.

Did you know?
Atlético have won their last six two-legged ties but Bayern’s record in 23 previous home meetings against Liga opposition is pretty incredible. Find out more, as well as various other facts and stats, in our extensive match background.

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