Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola says the fact he has never lost at the Bernabeu before means absolutely nothing now.
The former Barcelona tactician takes his team to face Real Madrid in tomorrow evening’s Champions League semi-final first leg.
At the Press conference ahead of the match, the 43-year-old also stressed his commitment to the German champions when asked if he would consider taking over at Manchester United.
“My invincibility here was with another club, in another situation during a different period,” Guardiola told the assembled media.
“It has nothing to do with Bayern. We will need to put in a great performance to win. That is what is always necessary against Madrid.
“I am always very happy to play in a Champions League semi-final and to be in Madrid with a team like Bayern.
“We need to play well and get a positive result.
“I don’t feel comfortable talking about Barca. I am on the outside now and I don’t know what is going on.
“But my opinion of Messi is enormous. I have never seen a player like him, neither do I ever think I will see another one.
“You have seen more of Madrid than I have. Madrid are always a special opponent, no matter who the Coach or the players are. They have a great squad.
“It’s very difficult to win the Champions League, the big teams are always there or thereabouts. I am very proud of my team.
“We won the Bundesliga in March, we are in the final of the cup and we are in the Champions League semi-finals.
“It’s not easy but we have won matches playing well.
“If you are with a big team but you don’t win then you are gone. I have a three year contract but I know I would not be continuing if we hadn’t won the Bundesliga or if we hadn’t done well in the cups.
“I am with Bayern and I signed for three years. I feel that we can still improve, adapting from Catalonia to Germany was not easy. I need time.
“I still have a job to do here, I am happy and people respect what I am doing. I want to stay here.”