Bayern Munich‘s UEFA Champions League defence reaches a crucial juncture in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg at Real Madrid.
Speaking on the eve of his team’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola laughed off suggestions which claimed that he might have been interested in replacing David Moyes at Old Trafford. Reports had claimed that United had make discreet enquiries to see whether Guardiola could be tempted to Old Trafford following David Moyes’ sacking.
“I am here I am at Bayern and I want to stay two more years here”, the Bayern boss reaffirmed
“We won the Bundesliga but I feel our team can improve so I know perfectly the style in Spain but I had to change to a new culture, to the ideas in Germany and I need more time to feel this is really my team.
“I feel Bayern now is my team but I feel we can play better, we can improve and I think I still have work to do. I am comfortable here. The people [at Bayern] are gentlemanly and, after that [when he leaves], I don’t know what will happen.”
Bayern’s press officer also intervened in the middle and said
“Tell the people of England, ‘No chance!’”
Ahead of Bayern Munich quarter final clash against Manchester United earlier this month, Guardiola had joked that Sir Alex Ferguson might have offered him the job prior to Moyes being appointed, but he wasn’t sure as he struggled to understand the former United manager’s Scottish accent.
Guardiola also said that he wasn’t surprised at Moyes’s sacking as the only thing that matters these days is ‘winning’:
“It is nothing new For the past five, 10, 15 years at the big clubs, if you lose, you are out on the street. If you don’t win you are always in danger of losing your job. At the big teams, the only thing that counts is winning.”
Guardiola hailed Real Madrid as being one of the strongest teams remaining in the competition and also said that he wanted Real star Cristiano Ronaldo to be fit to play the game:
“They are one of the strongest teams in the Champions League semis. I hope that Cristiano plays. It’s obviously special for me personally to be back in Madrid. We face one of the best teams in the world. We need a top performance if we’re to come away with a good result”
Skipper Philip Lahm reiterated the importance of the match:
“It’s a meeting between two top teams with lots of Champions League experience,” said Philipp Lahm.
“These games are often decided by passion and big hearts, and we’ll need both tomorrow evening. But if you can’t deliver that in a semi-final, when can you? We have what it takes to stand our ground in Madrid.”
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