Champions League

Guardiola issues Bayern warning

2015-09-14 14:15
Philipp Lahm (Supplied)
Philipp Lahm (Supplied)

Berlin - Pep Guardiola has warned Bayern Munich to raise their game at Olympiakos on Wednesday - or risk slipping on a Champions League banana skin in their opening group game.

Bayern have won all four of their opening German league matches this season, but had to come from behind to force a 2-1 win at home to Bavarian rivals Augsburg on Saturday with two late goals.

Now the 2013 Champions League winners switch their focus to Europe at Olympiakos when they kick off their Group F campaign, but Guardiola is warning they can ill afford another below-par display with Arsenal also in their pool.

"Everyone has to give their all there and put in 100 percent on the pitch, or things can go astray," warned Bayern's head coach.

"Our body language in the first half wasn't good (against Augsburg) and our play was much, much too slow.

"I hope we can improve in the future. We have to play for 90 minutes, not just 45."

Bayern are second in the Bundesliga table on goal difference behind Borussia Dortmund, while Marco Silva's Olympiakos top the Greek Superleague table as the only team with three wins from three matches.

Mario Goetze is expected to return after Bayern's 23-year-old Germany international forward missed the Augsburg win with a leg injury, but was back in training on Sunday.

Guardiola will be without wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Ribery has missed the last six months with an ankle injury while Robben is out for a month with a groin problem.

Starting with Olympiakos, Bayern play three games in six days as they face newly-promoted Darmstadt on Saturday in the Bundesliga, then host last season's Bundesliga runners-up Wolfsburg on Tuesday September 22.

The Bavarian giants had to dig deep against Augsburg after Alexander Esswein put the visitors ahead on 43 minutes before Robert Lewandowski equalised on 77 minutes, then Thomas Mueller kept his cool by converting a 90th-minute penalty.

Munich finished with 80 percent of the possession, dominated the shot count 27-4 and had nine corners to the visitors' none, but the home camp was far from happy with the first 45 minutes.

"We were asleep for the first half and lacked pace," said captain Philipp Lahm.

"We have to learn from this. It's not good enough, and that includes in the Bundesliga."

And Lewandowski admitted the Bavarians can expect a tough Champions League opener away from home.

"We're looking forward to Wednesday's match, and we're obviously hoping to start a winning run in the Champions League too," said Lewandowski.

"It won't be easy, especially away from home. We have to play well from the start. We have to go for it."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Basel v Manchester City, TBA 21:45
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Real Madrid v PSG, TBA 21:45
Porto v Liverpool, TBA 21:45
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Chelsea v Barcelona, TBA 21:45
Bayern Munchen v Besiktas, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma, TBA 21:45
Sevilla v Manchester United, TBA 21:45
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
PSG v Real Madrid, TBA 21:45
Liverpool v Porto, TBA 21:45
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Manchester City v Basel, TBA 21:45
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus, TBA 21:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.