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Champions League: Bayern ready for 'defensive' United


Champions League: Bayern ready for 'defensive' United


Holders Bayern Munich have the slight upper hand when they host Manchester United in the pair’s crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men drew one all at Old Trafford a week ago and will fancy their chances of staying on course to defend their title.

But Guardiola remains wary of United’s defensive tactics when playing away.

Guardiola said: “When they play away, they always think to defend, to defend. I think – maybe I am wrong – maybe David Moyes thinks another thing but I think they are going to wait back, back, eight, nine players in the box and wait for our mistakes and wait for a free kick and a corner.”

While Bayern will be without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez through suspension and Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri through injury David Moyes welcomes the return of Wayne Rooney despite the striker still suffering with toe injury.

And although Juan Mata is Cup tied and Robin Van Persie remains sidelined Moyes remains optimistic.

Moyes said: “I think we’ve got the players ready and focused for this one. They know the job at hand. It’s a big task. But I think it’s one that we are all relishing. I think it’s the sort of games that United over the years have been involved in and had a good record and we’re going to have to try and do that again”.

Also Wednesday night Atletico Madrid entertain fellow La Liga club Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón stadium.

The club’s talismanic striker Diego Costa faces a late fitness test after suffering a hamstring strain in the first leg.

Arda Turan is also a doubt with a groin strain as Atletico look to build on their 1-1 draw from last week’s clash at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona also have injury concerns with defender Gerard Pique out with a hip problem while Carles Puyol and keeper Victor Valdes are long term absentees.

Jose Manuel Pinto will deputize between the sticks as Barca – who trail their Wednesday night opponents by one point in the domestic league – look to reach the semis for the seventh consecutive season.

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