No team better for Guardiola than Bayern Munich – Matthaus

The World Cup winner feels the Spaniard has had every wish fulfilled at Bayern Munich and cannot understand why he has not signed a new contract


Lothar Matthaus says he is perplexed by Pep Guardiola’s reluctance to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich, suggesting no team could be better for him.

The Bavarian side’s perfect start to the Bundesliga campaign came to an end on Friday after a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, though they remain five points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

However, Guardiola is yet to sign a new deal with the Allianz Arena side, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, and Matthaus cannot work out what he is waiting for.

“What could be better for him than Bayern Munich?” the World Cup winner told Yahoo. “

Every wish was fulfilled and yet Guardiola wants even more?

“Bayern have never been so dominant than they are now, they have long since reached a new level of quality.”

The ex-Barcelona boss has been linked to a move to the Premier League, with Manchester City the team reportedly most interested in hiring him, but Matthaus feels he would be better off staying in Germany.

“Of course, the English have a lot of money, but they lag behind in sports.

“The Bayern bosses are prepared for his departure.”

Vidal: Arsenal will see the real Bayern

The German champions have a point to prove against their Group F rivals in the Champions League clash on Wednesday, according to the Chilean

Arturo Vidal has issued a warning to Arsenal as Bayern Munich prepare to host them in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Bavarian side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on matchday three, with Arsene Wenger’s men recovering from losses to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos to keep their qualification hopes alive.

However, the Chilean midfielder insists that Bayern will not be so generous to their opponents at Allianz Arena, and says a die Roten victory is the only outcome they are targeting.

“We’ll show Arsenal the real Bayern on Wednesday,” Vidal told Bild am Sonntag.

“Our confidence is high. This time we’ll take our chances and take the three points.”

Arsenal enter the tie in excellent form however, having climbed to the top of the Premier League after going unbeaten there since October and won five of their last six matches in all competitions.

A victory for the Gunners would see them draw level with Bayern – who were held to a 0-0 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Friday – on six points with two Group F games remaining.

Bayern Munich to face Darmstadt in DFB-Pokal

Pep Guardiola’s side will take on the Bundesliga new boys in the last 16 of the cup, while Borussia Monchengladbach will take on Werder Bremen


Bayern Munich will host Darmstadt in the third round of the DFB-Pokal at the Allianz Arena.

No team has won the Pokal more times than Bayern’s tally of 17 and, having eliminated holders Wolfsburg in the second round, they will take on Darmstadt for a place in the quarter-finals.

The two sides have already met once this season, with Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rode all on target in a 3-0 triumph at the Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor.

Bayer Leverkusen will travel to face fourth-tier Unterhaching – the side against whom they failed to secure the point needed to claim their first Bundesliga title in the 1999-2000 season – while last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund will travel to face the top flight’s bottom club Augsburg.

The fixtures are scheduled to be played on December 15 and 16.

DFB-POKAL DRAW IN FULL
Unterhaching vs Bayer Leverkusen
Erzgebirge Aue vs Heidenheim
Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich vs Darmstadt
1860 Munich  vs Bochum
Nuremberg vs Hertha Berlin
Stuttgart vs Eintracht Braunschweig

Arsenal will attack Bayern Munich, warns Gabriel

The Gunners have a positive record at the Allianz Arena, having picked up a draw and a win in their last two visits, and their defender assured they will play with no fear

Gabriel Paulista has warned Bayern Munich that Arsenal will look to attack them in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side responded to shock defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos with a 2-0 victory over the German champions on matchday three last month to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Arsenal have a good record at the Allianz Arena, having secured a draw and a 2-0 victory in their last two visits, although they lost both knockout ties on aggregate.

And Gabriel is determined to take confidence from those results into this week, saying after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday:  “When we play away, we also have to have a slightly different outlook, but that doesn’t mean we will spend the whole game defending.

“We are a big team, we are Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result, but we need to attack with intelligence and make sure we don’t suffer a defeat and complicate our situation for the rest of our competition.”

“Everything is possible in football,” he added.

“We know the difficulties we are going to find. Bayern are an excellent team playing at home with the fans on their side, so it will be a big challenge.

“If we are as determined as we have been over the last few years, I believe that we can go there and get a great result.”

The Gunners are third in Group F after three games, level on points with fourth-placed Dinamo Zagreb and three points behind joint leaders Bayern and Olympiacos.

Giroud: Swansea win could play role in Bayern clash

The French striker asserted that the victory on the road in south Wales was a positive experience ahead of their meeting with the Bundesliga powerhouses


Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea City will play a key role in their vital Champions League trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Arsenal scored all three goals following the interval as Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell all found the back of the net at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Giroud, who has been drafted back into Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up following Theo Walcott’s injury, netted his seventh goal of the campaign in the away win and was impressed by the team’s patient display.

“It was definitely a good win,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“We needed this win before the big game on Wednesday. We started slowly but we were creating chances to score. We needed to wait until the second half to put it in and to score three goals and even more, get another clean sheet.

Swansea had won the last two meetings between the sides and France international striker Giroud believes the initial struggle to break down their opponents could prove a key experience ahead of their European challenge.

“We needed to change that [record],” he said.

“We had two difficult games against Swansea and to play here and, as I said, it was not easy in the first half but we succeeded to play our game; more in between the lines with more technique and we were efficient up front and at the back as well.

“We are really pleased with this game so hopefully we can win the second leg [against Bayern Munich] as well.”