Bayern are even better under Guardiola – Robben

The winger says the Bavarians are an even better side than the one that won the treble under Jupp Heynckes, and it is all thanks to their Spanish boss

Arjen Robben says that Bayern Munich want to continue as the most dominant team in Europe and are eager to prove that with victory over Manchester United.

Die Roten secured a 24th Bundesliga title last week and, despite only managing a 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday at the Allianz Arena, go into their Champions League quarter-final having dropped just six points in the Bundesliga this season.

Robben insisted that any celebrations after retaining their domestic title were muted, with his side focused on securing back-to-back Champions League crowns.

“Guardiola has turned us into the most dominant team in Europe,” the 30-year-old told journalists ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final.

“We have made another giant step as a team this season. We are more dominant than we have been. From the very first minute we put massive pressure on our opponents and are capable of keeping the ball and putting them under pressure for the full 90 minutes.

“Our playing style is even more attacking than last year. This manager is tactically so strong. He is always pointing out where we can find the space to get one-on-one situations. He teaches us to make quick sprints and runs without the ball.”

Bayern secured their fifth European title after overcoming Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final at Wembley last May and Robben feels that his side are fully capable of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League, with United just one obstacle to overcome.

“No team can have a stroll to the final,” the former Chelsea attacker continued.

“We are facing Manchester United, a big name in world football, but we are razor sharp,” he said. Our football is phenomenal and we want to show that more than anywhere in the Champions League.

“Playing United is the sort of thing that really gets the best out of me.

“We won the German league last week, but we were not even bothered about that. Nobody in the dressing room was talking about it. We knew ages ago we would win the title.”

Bayern travel to Manchester for their quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, with the return leg in Munich on April 9.

Guardiola: Bayern Munich must improve to beat Manchester United

The Spaniard was not a happy man after watching his side blow the opportunity to rack up a 20th consecutive victory in the Bundesliga ahead of their midweek trip to Old Trafford

Pep Guardiola was less than impressed with Bayern Munich’s showing against Hoffenheim on Saturday, arguing that a massive improvement will be required for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The Bavarians had appeared to be cruising towards a 20th consecutive win in the Bundesliga after responding to Anthony Modeste’s opener with a Claudio Pizarro double and a Xherdan Shaqiri strike.

However, Hoffenheim pulled one back just before the break through Sejad Salihovic and then claimed their first ever point away to Bayern courtesy of Roberto Firmino’s 75th-minute equaliser.

“Compliments to Hoffenheim,” Guardiola told his club’s official website after the dramatic 3-3 draw. “They showed a good ability to press.

“In the first half we found good solutions. In the second half, though, we were not good.

“We need to control the ball. If this is not the case, then we have a problem.

“We need to analyse this game and then quickly focus on Tuesday. We need to improve.”

The first leg of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final clash with United will take place at Old Trafford.

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago to miss Man United tie

The Bavarians have revealed that the Spain international has suffered a suspected partial ligament tear in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim

Thiago Alcantara will miss Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United through injury.

The Spain international was forced off just 25 minutes into Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Hoffenheim and the Bavarians have now confirmed that the former Barcelona starlet is facing a spell on the sidelines.

“Thiago Alcantara has a suspected partial ligament tear in his knee,” read a statement on Bayern’s official Twitter feed. “Get will soon!”

It was a disappointing day for Bayern as they saw their 19-game winning streak in the Bundesliga come to an end, with Hoffenheim earning a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena.

However, coach Pep Guardiola rested a number of key players ahead of Tuesday’s last-eight first-leg clash with United at Old Trafford.

'Bring on Bayern' – Moyes ready for Munich challenge

The Red Devils have had endured a difficult domestic campaign but their Scottish boss is excited by the prospect of trying to upset Pep Guardiola’s men

David Moyes insists his Manchester United side are ready for the challenge of Bayern Munich in the Champions League following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Red Devils claimed their first win in the league at home since January as goals from Juan Mata, Chicharito and two from Wayne Rooney ensured the hosts would come from behind to defeat Paul Lambert’s side at Old Trafford.

Moyes, who had earlier witnessed a plane fly over Old Trafford carrying a banner with the words ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’, is now relishing Tuesday’s meeting with Champions League favourites Bayern. He told BT Sport: “I’m really looking forward to it. The Champions League quarter-finals.

“At the start if you said we’d get to the quarters then great but we want to be in the semi-final and then the final.

“But we’ve got a big tough game against probably the best side around. But bring the challenge on and coming to old Trafford is not easy for any side.

“I’ve been saying all the time I’ve been here the crowd have been great. We didn’t start well but the crowd were great. Every fan I bump into they tell me they know exactly what it’s like at Man United.

“The fourth goal is the type I’ve been looking to score. Adnan [Januzaj] weaving away and it was a great cross. You want to be excited by the football you see and the fourth goal excited me.”

On Rooney, Moyes added: “He’s a top player and he’s been great since the start of the season.

“I said after the game if you keep scoring two goals a game then it’s going to give us a great chance of doing much better. His form and the way he’s playing has been great.”

Moyes also hailed Mata’s performance after the playmaker scored his first goal for the club since becoming the club’s record signing after joining from Chelsea in January.

He continued: “Everyone knows what he’s capable of but he needed a goal because it’s a big part of his game and it’s a reason we signed him because he scores goals.

“He’s been instrumental in a lot of our good play and I think he’s played really well in recent weeks.

“I took over from Sir Alex a great team who were champions. But we need to add to it.

“All the players I seem to talk to are really keen to join Manchester United let’s hope it comes to fruition in the summer time.”