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Published On: Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

Rooney in top form ahead of Bayern Munich match today

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney trained ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg at Bayern Munich today.

There were concerns over the striker’s fitness after he picked up a toe injury in the first leg, which ended 1-1, and he missed Saturday’s win at Newcastle.

However, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola expects the 28-year-old to feature.

“It will be tough because in my opinion Bayern and Barcelona are the two best teams left in the competition, so we have to be at our best”

“This is one of the best players I’ve seen and the big players do not want to miss this type of game.”

Holders Bayern struggled to break down United’s defence in the first leg at Old Trafford and Guardiola is again expecting the Old Trafford side to try to frustrate the German champions.

“English teams defend and then wait for the quick break. [United coach] David Moyes also has eight, nine players at the back. They are waiting for mistakes, set pieces and breaks.

“That is why we have to be disciplined. We are playing at home and that is important and we know exactly what to do to attack well.”

Bayern have already won the German title but their record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga came to an end last Saturday after an under-strength side lost 1-0 at Augsburg.

They have not won in three games but Guardiola said: “I knew we would lose eventually. The team knows how important the Champions League is.

Bayern may be favourites but Rooney believes United can cause an upset at the Allianz Arena.

“It will be tough because in my opinion Bayern and Barcelona are the two best teams left in the competition, so we have to be at our best.

“We are ready. It’s an exciting game for us all – the players and the fans and it’s a massive game to be involved in.”

 

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