Bayern boss Guardiola gives Juventus credit


Josep Guardiola said his respect for Juventus increased after they came back to draw the first leg 2-2, as Bayern München host a team with injury absences and a doubt over Mario Mandžukić.

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
We have to accept the result of the first leg. I would have preferred 5-0 but now we have to deal with it. Juventus are Juventus, with their own special spirit. The situation is the same as ever: Juve will be very strong opponents.

I know the Italian mentality, it has won them so many trophies. They wait for their moment. They know how to defend and how to score goals. After the first game, my appreciation and respect for Juve is even greater.

Juve can defend with ten men, with concentration and focus. I don’t like this style of play, but I am impressed by the way they do it. They can also keep the ball with players like Paul Pogba, and they can attack. Juve can always score goals. We really will need to be at our best to win. We’re all looking forward to this ‘final’.

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
We have to play a perfect game tomorrow. If we are not able to do so, it will be very difficult. We know Bayern are a team that normally take control of the game, 60 to 70% of the time.

Of course it is a pity that we have some injury problems. But we cannot risk anything with those lads, there are many other, very important, games for us in Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

Mandžukić is an extraordinary player. We will decide tomorrow if he will play or not. He trained well, but we do not know yet if he is going to play from the start. There are two players missing – this is not a drama, but of course it is sad. A drama for me is something else in life …

It is possible Bayern are underestimating Juventus. But I don’t think so, they have lots of respect for us, as we do have for them. We have to be very careful and try to be the better team tomorrow. It is as simple as that.

Possible lineups
Bayern München: Neuer; Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Alonso; Robben, Müller, Costa; Lewandowski.
Out: Boateng (adductors), Badstuber (ankle)
Doubtful: Martínez (match fitness), Robben (cold)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra; Cuadrado, Khedira, Hernanes, Pogba; Morata, Mandžukić.
Out: Cáceres (Achilles), Marchisio (calf), Dybala (calf), Chiellini (calf)
Doubtful: Mandžukić (groin)
Misses next match if booked: Sturaro

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