Pep Guardiola is banking on home advantage as Bayern Munich look to knock Manchester United out of the quarter-finals of the European Champions League.
The reigning Premier League champions are less favourites to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament, with Bayern going into the second leg tie on Wednesday night with an away goal advantage, courtesy of a Bastian Schweinsteiger’s equaliser- which leveled Nemanja Vidic’s opener – in the first leg.
Guardiola, whose side have failed to win in three previous matches, culminating in a 1-0 loss at Augsburg on Saturday- their first loss in the Bundesliga in 53 games-, is wary of their opponents; followings their show of resilience last week.
“We’re playing at home. That’s an important factor,” the Spanish boss, gunning for his third European title, said at his news conference on Tuesday.
“United is a very big team. Before the first game at Old Trafford, everybody was just talking about Bayern. But now people know that Manchester can win in Munich. But we will play at home and with our fans we can win this game.”
Having failed to finish off the encounter over the first leg, Guardiola, feels the pressure has now shifted towards the returning Bundesliga champions, but stressed they now understand their opponents better.
“In the quarter-finals you never have a second chance,” added Guardiola. “The pressure is high and we always have done well in this situation. It is all about small tactical details. Our players know, after the experience in Manchester, how United play. They know their strength and weaknesses.
“It’s never easy against English teams. I think they will sit very deep. They play very defensively and always look to counter – it is something they do very, very well.”
Asked if his side has practiced penalties, Guardiola said: “It is less about technique and more about courage. It is all in the head. We only have 14 first-team players so I have not got too many options. If we win, we are through. If not, we are out.”