Guardiola: City's 'incredible players' pose danger for Bayern
- 10 December 2013 09:02
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, most of the City headlines centre on Manuel Pellegrini’s pre-match press conference.
Martin Demichelis also spoke to the press on the occasion of his return to his former club, and you can watch the video of all that was said here.
Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola has warned of the threat City pose as the two teams tussle for top spot in Group D.
The German side put on a slick display at the Etihad Stadium that illustrated the class and quality the European Champions have at their disposal, but the Bayern Munich boss has emphasised that counts for nothing this time around.
Quoted in the Mirror, Guardiola said: "Coming second in the group is not really an option for us. It is something we want to avoid.
"I have a lot of confidence in my team, but I also know how dangerous Manchester City are.
"They have incredible players - they can get three or four chances within a few minutes. So we have to really look out for that."
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"My players have to really concentrate and be aware of the situation. We have a very big chance to be first in the group and that is what we have to aim for."
He added: “If we don't play well, City could get one, two, three goals.
"If you look at last season's tie against Arsenal, Bayern won there 3-1 and then at home they lost 2-0.
"What is important is what happens now. We have a game ahead of us that will start at 0-0."
Bayern midfielder, Toni Kroos, was quick to echo his manager’s sentiments. He is quoted in the Independent as saying: "The first game (against City) is completely forgotten. They're a very good team. We have to start again from square one, and we need to invest a lot into this game too."
Bayern are breaking records in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and are unbeaten at home this term.
Alex Fisher writes: “The reigning German and European champions demolished Werder Bremen 7-0 on Saturday to stretch their unbeaten Bundesliga streak to 40 matches, while Pep Guardiola's men set a new Champions League record of 10 consecutive victories when they won 3-1 at CSKA Moscow in November.
“Bayern's last defeat in Europe came at home to English opposition when Arsenal won 2-0 in the second leg of their last-16 tie last season.
“However, their last four Champions League games at the Allianz Arena have yielded four wins, with 14 goals scored and none conceded.”
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be a fascinating encounter that you don’t want to miss! Check out our guide to how you can watch the match around the world.
Finally, I can’t leave you a whole 24 hours without any transfer news now, can I?
We head to Italy, via website Inside Futbol, which has translated a report from Sky Italia claiming Edin Dzeko will snub Inter Milan and Spurs in the January window to continue his City career.
The striker has netted seven times in 16 appearances so far this season and is said to be keen to stay in Manchester and fight for a starting berth.
The report reads: “According to Sky Italia, Tottenham and Inter are ready to pounce for Dzeko when the winter window opens in less than one month – but the striker is not minded to leave the Etihad Stadium just yet.
“Indeed, at present Dzeko wants to stay put until next summer and then assess his options, a move which would also allow him the opportunity to force his way into the Manchester City starting eleven.”
That’s about it for speculation this morning as media outlets busy themselves with the small matter of a football match.
Remember, this is all speculation and nothing is confirmed until you read it on mcfc.co.uk!