Guardiola out to end semi jinx



May 3, 2016
Guardiola out to end semi jinx

Bad luck for Bayern's Pep Guardiola. CREDIT: Sourced

Pep Guardiola has his work cut out to end his time at Bayern Munich on a high as he looks to avoid a hattrick of Champions League semifinal exits.

Guardiola inherited reigning European champions when he joined Bayern in 2013, but has since fallen to Real Madrid in 2014 and to his former club Barcelona last season at the final-four stage.

And his hopes of reaching a first Euro final since his Barcelona lifted the 2011 title were dented after Saul Niguez’s brilliant solo goal gave Atletico a 1-0 first-leg victory.

With Pep leaving for Manchester City at the season’s end, this is his last chance to conquer Europe with Bayern.

And the Spaniard says: “It’s not over yet, we still have a chance. If we lose it, you can kill me, but we still have a chance.”

Germany striker Thomas Muller adds: “We need to be on fire.”

Atletico coach Diego Simeone also believes the tie is open.

El Cholo adds: “Playing in Munich means they’ll have their fans supporting them, but we have the opportunity to score an away goal.”

While Bayern were unconvincing over the weekend in a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, Atletico are finishing strongly in Spain, having won their last six league games and keeping four consecutive clean sheets.

Influential central defender Diego Godin returns from a hamstring injury, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco is also available and Tiago Mendes travels despite not yet being passed fit to play.

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