Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Guardiola tempering expectations for United
by Ridge Mahoney, April 8th, 2014 8:35PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  bayern munich, manchester united, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wednesday] A day before hosting Manchester United in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola didn’t sound like the man in charge of the favorite.

“We have to make sure we keep our form, we can't allow to happen what happened in Manchester, we must not concede a goal,” said Guardiola of the 1-1 aggregate score at Old Trafford last week. “We spoke with the team about what to do to win. We have to attack very well. They will wait until we lose the ball and then they will try to counterattack. So we have to be very focused. We had some good chances in Manchester, they just had one.”

Bayern had to rally with a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal midway through the second half after defender Nemanja Vidic had provided a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute. Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are suspended for the second leg, which adds a burden to that already shouldered by Toni Kroos, whose name last month was linked to Manchester United as a possible move in the summer.

Two impressive streaks ended for Bayern Saturday in the Bundesliga, the championship of which has already been secured. A 1-0 home defeat to FC Augsburg stopped Bayern's 53-match unbeaten run in the league, which dates back to October 2012. The defeat also marked the first time in 65 league games -- and 60 matches in all competitions – it had not scored.

United has recently recovered its momentum after several shaky months under the tutelage of David Moyes, whose stature as successor to Alex Ferguson looked mighty tenuous a month or so ago. Juan Mata, acquired from Chelsea during the January transfer window and not much of a factor since, netted his first two goals for the club in a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United on Saturday.

Top European scorer Robin Van Persie (four goals) is sidelined, and Wayne Rooney has been bothered by a chipped bone in his foot that could send him to the substitutes’ bench. He has scored twice in his eight appearances. On Tuesday, Moyes said Rooney will take a painkilling injection for the condition, which he sustained in the first leg. He was able to join the team for its final training session prior to taking on Barcelona.

“We think it's OK because we wouldn't do anything wrong," the manager said. “We take advice from our doctors. Everybody knows the character Wayne is and the kind of player he is. He is determined to play and if he is determined we would be mad not to [play him].”


1 comment
  1. Ross Ulmer
    commented on: April 9, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.
    Apparently, according to the article, Moyes is going to have to face both Bayern and Barcelona. Tough task indeed.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Preseason: Training camp and friendly schedules    
Toronto FC beats the LA Galaxy, 3-2, in a preseason scrimmage in the first of six ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 5-6)    
Walker Zimmerman is back with FC Dallas. The 22-year-old defender whose late goal kept it in ...
What They're Saying: David Wagner    
"It wasn't a surprise for me. I spoke with Jurgen Klinsmann maybe a year ago and ...
TV Report: NBC Sports Group to air Olympic qualifying    
NBC Sports Group will air all 15 matches from the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship that ...
USA-Canada International Friendly Player Ratings    
The USA closed out its winter camp with a 1-0 win over Canada on a late ...
UCLA lands Pugh and Fleming in recruiting coup    
UCLA has signed U.S. women's national team player Mallory Pugh and Canadian Women's World Cup veteran ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 4)    
Columbus Crew SC now has Ola Kamara to go along with Kei Kamara. The 26-year-old Ola ...
USA-Canada Preview: Youngsters should get second look    
Jurgen Klinsmann says he has two short-term goals for the USA's second and final test of ...
What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe    
"Naturally, we're upset. The players are very, very upset. We feel disrespected. We feel that our ...
What They're Saying: Jerome Kiesewetter    
"I always did [feel like an American]. My mom always told me about my dad, about ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives