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Guardiola lacks options for Champions League clash

Created on 08 Apr., 2014 5:11 PM GMT

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola feels he lacks options for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The sides drew 1-1 in the first leg at Old Trafford, leaving all to play for between the respective German and English champions. 

Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's opener last week, but the midfielder is suspended for the return leg along with Javi Martinez.

Guardiola has also been hampered by recent injuries to Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri, further limiting his options for the visit of David Moyes' men.

"We only have 14 first-team players so I haven't got too many options," said the Spaniard.

"We're playing at home. That's an important factor (but) it's never easy against English teams. I think they'll sit very deep.

"They play very defensively and always look to counter - it's something they do very, very well."

Victory at the Allianz Arena would keep Bayern, who retained the Bundesliga last month, on course to secure a treble for the second season in succession. 

Guardiola feels the game against United could come down to "small details" but revealed he has not had Bayern practising penalties in case of a shootout.

"If we win, we're through. If not, we're out. It will come down to small details," he added.

"(Penalties are) less about technique and more about courage. It's all in the head."

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