'Privileged' Guardiola has no Champions League fear

The pressure is on Bayern Munich to defeat Juventus in the second leg of their round of 16 clash, but their manager is ready for the task at hand

Pep Guardiola is adamant he has no fear ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Juventus, describing it as a privilege to be involved in Europe’s premier competition.

This will be Guardiola’s last chance to win Europe’s top prize with Bayern, with the Catalan set to leave for Manchester City at the end of the season.

In his two previous campaigns, Guardiola – who won the Champions League twice as coach of Barcelona – has seen Bayern fall at the semi-final stage.

But Guardiola, whose side let a two-goal lead slip to draw the first leg with Juve 2-2, insists the pressure to succeed is part of the job.

“I’ve never been afraid of a Champions League game,” he said. “I’m privileged to be here. It’s a huge battle, a final for both teams. 


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“If we win, we are happy. If we don’t, we think about what we can do better. It’s how a great club works. 

“I know what will happen if we don’t win the competition. I accept the pressure and the role.”

On Bayern’s surprise collapse in the first leg against last season’s finalists, Guardiola added: “That’s football, it happens.

“But that is in the past. We talked with the players about what we have to do to win the game.”

Juventus will be without influential duo Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio at the Allianz Arena, but Guardiola warned that Massimiliano Allegri’s men still pose a huge threat.

“It’s Juventus. It’s the same strong team,” he said. “I know the Italian mindset. It will be the same with or without Dybala and Marchisio.”

No Manchester City offer for Alaba insist Bayern

Pep Guardiola reportedly wants to take the left-back to the Etihad Stadium next season, but the Bavarians say there has been no approach

Manchester City have not made an offer to bring David Alaba to the Premier League, Bayern Munich insist.

Pep Guardiola will depart his role as Bayern head coach to take the reins at the Etihad Stadium next season and speculation has been rife that he is keen to take Alaba with him.

However, reports in the German press say Bayern have no plans to let the Austria full-back move to England next season.

And Bayern’s press director, Markus Horwick, told the assembled media before Bayern’s Champions League second-leg tie against Juventus that the Bundesliga champions have not been approached.

Horwick said: “There was no offer from Manchester City for David Alaba.”


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Forward Franck Ribery spoke of his desire for Alaba to remain at Bayern, adding: “I think every club in the world would like to have David Alaba.

“But he has a feel for Bayern, he is a key player for Bayern. I would be happy if he signs a new contract.

“For me he is one of the best left-backs in the world.”

Alaba has been with Bayern since 2008 and has won four Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals and the Champions League during his time at the Allianz Arena.

The 23-year-old, who can also play in central defence, has made 22 league appearances this term, scoring one goal.

Dybala & Marchisio ruled out of Bayern tie

The Juventus duo will miss the second leg of the Champions League last-16 clash against the Bundesliga champions along with Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic


Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio are set to miss the second leg of Juventus’s Champions League Round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich after sustaining injuries in training.

Juve came from 2-0 down to earn a draw with the Bavarian giants in Italy in February, but the Old Lady are set to travel to Allianz Arena on Tuesday without a number of their key stars.

Marchisio failed to complete his last training session after suffering a calf injury while Dybala has suffered a foot problem, and both will join centre-back Giorgio Chiellini and striker Mario Mandzukic on the sidelines as Massimiliano Allegri’s men go in search of an improbable victory.


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Chiellini has also been battling a calf problem in recent weeks and is unlikely to face Bayern after training alone on Monday, while Mandzukic limped out of the club’s 1-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday.

The Croatia international is reportedly a serious doubt for the midweek encounter, with Alvaro Morata likely to start if Mandzukic is indeed ruled out.

Dybala & Marchisio ruled out of Bayern tie with calf injury

The Juventus duo will miss the second leg of the Champions League last-16 clash against the Bundesliga champions along with Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic


Paulo Dybala and Claudio Marchisio is set to miss the second leg of Juventus’s Champions League Round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich after sustaining injuries in training.

Juve came from 2-0 down to earn a draw with the Bavarian giants in Italy in February, but the Old Lady are set to travel to Allianz Arena on Tuesday without a number of their key stars.

Marchisio failed to complete his last training session after suffering a calf injury while Dybala has suffered a foot problem, and bth will join centre-back Giorgio Chiellini and striker Mario Mandzukic on the sidelines as Massimiliano Allegri’s men go in search of an improbable victory.


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Chiellini has also been battling a calf problem in recent weeks and is unlikely to face Bayern after training alone on Monday, while Mandzukic limped out of the club’s 1-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday.

The Croatia international is reportedly a serious doubt for the midweek encounter, with Alvaro Morata likely to start if Mandzukic is indeed ruled out.

Marchisio ruled out of Bayern tie with calf injury

The Juventus midfielder will miss the second leg of the Champions League encounter, along with Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic, after leaving a training session early


Claudio Marchisio is set to miss the second leg of Juventus’s Champions League Round of 16 clash with Bayern Munich after sustaining a calf injury in training.

Juve came from 2-0 down to earn a draw with the Bavarian giants in Italy in February, but the Old Lady are set to travel to Allianz Arena on Tuesday without a number of their key stars.

Marchisio failed to complete his last training session after suffering the setback, and will join centre-back Giorgio Chiellini and striker Mario Mandzukic on the sidelines as Massimiliano Allegri’s men go in search of an improbable victory.


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Chiellini has also been battling a calf problem in recent weeks and is unlikely to face Bayern after training alone on Monday, while Mandzukic limped out of the club’s 1-0 win over Sassuolo on Friday.

The Croatia international is reportedly a serious doubt for the midweek encounter, with Alvaro Morata likely to start if Mandzukic is indeed ruled out.