Klopp: Guardiola will find it tougher at Bayern Munich

The 45-year-old believes having the world’s best players meant the former Barcelona coach’s job was easier at Camp Nou, while likening his side to the Liga leaders

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says Pep Guardiola will not find things as easy at Bayern Munich as he did in his time at Barcelona.

The 45-year-old will go head-to-head with the former Blaugrana boss when he takes over at the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, but Klopp believes he must now prove he can work with lesser players before he can be judged.

“Most impressive is how Barca play in attack. [Lionel] Messi scores and shouts for joy as if it is the first time,” he told El Pais.

 Xavi gets every ball like it were the first of his life. And you get the feeling that he would take the ball and caress it and just keep playing. The same with [Andres] Iniesta. [Sergio] Busquets anticipates in midfield, responsible for the work.

“[Carles] Puyol is incredible, a shocking hairstyle but a super player, a human being first, with a big heart. He breaks his elbow and is back playing in two weeks.

“With that motivation they fight for victory. That is a model. I read an interview with Xavi. They asked if he wanted to coach and he said ‘I am not in such a hurry, let me enjoy my playing days.’

“And you think ‘You have played football every other day for 20 years and you still want to continue?’ That says it all about the game, but also about Xavi.

“They are the best in the world. And that was prompted by Pep, that is clear. He did an excellent job.

“But he will not always have players like that at every club and he knows it. Now he has to teach us how to do it when the players are somewhat less good.”

Klopp is one of a number of coaches who have been tipped to replace Jose Mourinho when he leaves Real Madrid, but he revealed his belief that his Dortmund side are more similar to Barcelona than their Liga rivals.

He added: “We’re closer to Barca for the pressure. For the high defence. Everyone wants to play like Barcelona, but it is not possible. Barca could not do it without Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. But their defensive plan is perfect.

“Maybe that’s also the problem for [Jose] Mourinho – that although he has thought a lot more defensively, they have been years without signing a defender, because no-one is interested in who plays at the back.

“We want to be very, very fast with the mind and the legs. Everything at full speed. There is no defending against what you do quickly and accurately.”

Wilshere and Koscielny will be fit for Arsenal's clash with Bayern Munich

The England midfielder has been given the all-clear after only suffering a ‘dead’ leg at Sunderland, while the defender will also be available for the Champions League showdown

By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny have given Arsenal a Champions League boost after being given the all-clear to train fully this week, Goal.com understands.

Wilshere hobbled off during the second half of Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Sunderland last Saturday with a heavily bandaged thigh after colliding with Alfred N’Diaye.

But any fears that the damage could be long-term have been eased as tests have showed that the midfielder was suffering only from a ‘dead leg’. He will take part in training this week and be available to play in Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium.

Koscielny pulled out of the Arsenal team that started at Sunderland after suffering a twinge during the warm-up.

But the Frenchman has now recovered from what is believed to have only been a minor calf injury and he is also expected to be available for the weekend.

It is a double boost for Arsene Wenger as he begins planning for next Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League first-leg clash against Bayern Munich.

The manager is considering resting Wilshere from the team that starts against Blackburn, which he also did in the last round against another Championship opponent, Brighton and Hove Albion.

Arsenal’s biggest fitness worry is skipper Thomas Vermaelen, who had been earmarked to deputise at left-back against Bayern in the absence of cup-tied Nacho Monreal and the injured Kieran Gibbs.

As revealed by Goal.com, Vermaelen had two separate injections in his injured ankle last week and faces a race against time to be fit for the home leg.

The versatile defender, who has missed the club’s last two matches, will undergo light training in the gym this week in a bid to mobilise the ankle.

Rummenigge hits back at Thon after Schweinsteiger criticism

The Bayern official has voiced his dismay with the 46-year-old’s comments, and believes they are the result of frustration about his absence from the game

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit back at Olaf Thon in the wake of the former Germany international’s criticism of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Thon stated earlier this week that he believes Schweinsteiger is past his best, but Rummenigge says he is not impressed with the 46-year-old’s comments.

“Perhaps Thon is a bit frustrated that he no longer plays a role in football. That’s why he’s making comments like this on television,” Rummenigge told TZ.

“He would probably have liked to play at the same level as Bastian. We are very pleased with Schweinsteiger’s performances.

“A quick look at the international careers of Thon and Schweinsteiger says it all, and speaks in Basti’s favour. End of the discussion.”

Schweinsteiger has been a key player for Bayern this term, scoring five goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances.

Iniesta: Guardiola will be great for Bayern

The Spain international is pleased to see his former coach return to the game, and has little doubt he will prove to be a success at the Bundesliga leaders

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is confident that Pep Guardiola will become an instant hit at Bayern Munich, and feels the successful coach is the right choice for the Bavarians.

The 42-year-old recently signed a three-year deal with the Allianz Arena side and will replace Jupp Heynckes at the helm at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

“I am happy for Pep. It’s important for football and for himself that a coach like him is training a club. He will try to get his new players used to his playing style. Bayern have some great players,” Iniesta was quoted as saying by Bild.

“I believe Pep will hold on to his own style. Bayern’s playing style is quit similar to Barcelona’s style. Possession is quite important, plus they have a number of players of the highest level.

“Pep always gives 100 per cent in what he does. He is very close to his players, both on and off the pitch. It will be something great for the Bayern players. The fans can also look forward to him, something wonderful will happen.

“I don’t expect any difficulties. He will take charge of a great club and try to win the people’s respect. I have no doubt that he will succeed.”

Guardiola is currently enjoying a one-year sabbatical away from the game after leaving Barcelona last summer.

Neymar denies talking with Dante about Bayern Munich move

The defender revealed he and the Santos star had held a conversation about what playing for the Bundesliga club is like, but the 21-year-old has contradicted his claims

Neymar has denied talking to Brazil team-mate Dante about playing for Bayern Munich.

The Santos starlet has been linked with a move to Europe for the past two years, with Barcelona and Real Madrid believed to be interested in signing the attacker, though he recently admitted he could see himself at the Bundesliga side.

After Brazil’s 2-1 defeat to England, Dante had revealed that the Selecao forward had asked what life is like at the Bavarian side, but Neymar has denied having that conversation.

When asked about the claims by Kicker, Neymar responded: “No, no, we have not spoken.”

Dante has secured a permanent first team spot in the Bayern defence after moving from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2012.

Neymar, on the other hand, has a contract with Santos until 2014, and is widely expected to leave the South American side following the 2014 World Cup.