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Bayern Munich manager wary of dangerous Benfica team

Pep Guardiola thinks that Benfica have the best defence in Europe

Bayern Munich manager wary of dangerous Benfica team

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Matthew

April 5th, 2016

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Bayern Munich are 1/5 to win tonight’s clash against Benfica, although Pep Guardiola isn’t expecting a facile victory against the Portuguese league leaders.

Benfica overcame Zenit St Petersburg in the previous round and come into this match off the back of a fantastic run, with Guardiola aware of how difficult it will be to break down the visitors.

“I’m impressed with the condition of Benfica,” Guardiola said. “They possibly have the best back four in Europe, so it will be an interesting game. They are not a defensive team, though, they defend very high up the pitch.

“We have two games to reach the semi‑finals and we want to focus on our own game, of course a victory is better for us than a defeat. For Bayern it’s all about being the best, but it will be a very even match with Benfica, they have had a very good season.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer shared his manager’s sentiments.

“We expect Benfica to be desperate to score a goal. Jonas and [Kostas] Mitroglou are a fire hazard inside the box,” Neuer said.

“Benfica will defend very high. That will give us some room but they will want to score a goal.”

Guardiola has yet to win the Champions League with Bayern and this season represents his final bite of the cherry with the German champions, although the new Man City manager is philosophical about prospects.

“Everyone at Bayern wants to win the treble, but it’s the same in Barcelona and Madrid also,” he said.

“I realise that my job is not fulfilled in your eyes if we do not win three titles. If that happens, I have to live with it, but I will know I have given everything. Bayern is the best club in the world, but has only won the treble once.”

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