Pep Guardiola is looking forward to “the best atmosphere” at the Vicente Calderon when Bayern Munich play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
Bayern’s only previous meeting with Atleti came in the 1974 European cup final, when they won by the virtue of a replay, and Guardiola is anticipating a similarly-difficult tie in 2016 as Los Colchoneros “always make life difficult for you”.
“If Atletico play well, they always win. If they aren’t at their best, it’ll still be difficult,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“[Diego Simeone] is one of the best Coaches in the world. He’s changed Atletico and given them confidence. They always make life difficult for you.
“We need to focus in the two games. [On the Vicente Calderon], it’s perhaps the best atmosphere in Europe.
“It will also be a great experience for players like Philip Lahm and Manuel Neuer.
“[Atleti’s] fans support their team for 90 minutes.
“The German players have never played against Atletico. It will be a great, great experience for them.”
Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer added: “Atleti are all about passion. The tie is 50-50.”