Arjen Robben has warned Manchester United that Bayern Munich have moved on another level under Pep Guardiola and that he thrives on playing against the big sides, ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie this week.
While David Moyes has endured a tumultuous first season at Old Trafford, Guardiola has already led Munich to the Bundesliga and has achieved the seemingly impossible by improving the German side who claimed a historic treble under Jupp Heynckes last season.
Thats the view of former Chelsea winger Robben anyway. According to the Mirror the Dutchman said: “Guardiola has turned us into the most dominant team in Europe. We have made another giant step as a team this season.
“From the very first minute we put massive pressure on our opponents and are capable of keeping the ball and putting them under pressure for the full 90 minutes.
“Guardiola is very demanding. He asks a lot from his players. Every day it is so intense. But I love that. Our playing style is even more attacking than last year. Then we used to play compact, and we let the other team come into our half sometimes, so we could hit them with the counter attack.
“But this manager is tactically so strong. He is always pointing out where we can find the space to get one-on-one situations. He teaches us to make quick sprints and runs without the ball.
“So it becomes a total clockwork. It is fascinating to play in that system. The chances of winning more trophies in the next few years are huge.”
Bayern are aiming to make history by becoming the first side to defend their Champions League crown and Robben, who scored a stunning last minute volley to knock United out of the quarter-finals on away goals in 2010, as well as the winning goal in last year's final, says he personally relishes the big games.
“Playing United is the sort of thing that really gets the best out of me," he continued.
“Bayern have no fear of United at all.
“Our football is phenomenal and we want to show that more than anywhere in the Champions League.
“We won the German League last week. But we were not even bothered about that. Nobody in the dressing room was talking about it. We knew ages ago we would win the title. Beating every team in the Champions League is our big thing. The Champions League is what we want again, especially after winning it at Wembley last year."
It's clear that the German and defending European Champions will not be giving Moyes’ side an easy ride despite their troubled season and may well have their own record of a 6-0 aggregate win in the Champions League quarter-finals in their sights as they look to progress to the last four of the competition.
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