Manchester United’s game against Bayern Munich is by far and away the biggest game of the season so far for both teams and going into the game, United are actually the in-form tongue.
Yesterday, Bayern Munich lost 1-0 to FC Augsburg to put an end to their 53 match unbeaten run and the German side are now without a win in three matches in all competitions, something which hasn’t happened since March 2011.
They did rest a whole host of first team players but their team was far from weak and was still strong enough to beat most teams in the Bundesliga including the likes of Toni Kroos, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Mandzukic.
We made a few changes against Newcastle but romped to a 4-0 win so our confidence will be flowing whereas Bayern Munich will be under pressure to win and Pep Guardiola’s bullish talk after Bayern’s loss to Augsburg set the tone for the game.
He said: “No complaints. We lost because the opponents were a little bit better than us. We saw how good Augsburg are in the DFB Cup. We fought hard and tried different approaches. That’s football, that’s sport. You can’t always win.
“A defeat was on the cards sooner or later. We accept that and we need to prepare as soon as possible for the game against Manchester United.
“We didn’t lose because of the younger players. Hojbjerg and Weiser were the best players on the pitch. They’ve trained with us a lot, they know how we play and also know what I want. Hats off to the three of them.
“We’re in a final on Wednesday. It’s a matter of life and death.”
Manuel Neuer reiterated the point in his post-match interview.
“We took Augsburg seriously,” he said.
“But the main thing for us was that nobody got injured today. That’s the crucial point. It’s all about Wednesday and the match against Manchester United. Nothing else matters.”
United are going to Germany as massive underdogs so the pressure will be firmly on Bayern Munich to win. Can United win? It doesn’t look likely but anything can happen in football…