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Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich patience key against Barcelona


Pep Guardiola has said patience will be key if Bayern Munich are to overturn their 3-0 first-leg deficit in the Champions League semifinal against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Bayern were well beaten on Guardiola's return to the Camp Nou, but they have shown they are capable of big wins in Europe, having racked up 7-0 and 6-1 victories over Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in their last two home games in the competition.

Guardiola said it would be difficult to replicate those results against Barca but was hoping his usual possession-based approach would be enough to secure an upset.

"You need to score goals," he told a news conference in Munich. "I want to try it by controlling the game. Maybe we will be able to convert the few chances we'll get in the first half, but you have to patient.

"We are satisfied to be in the semifinal, but we are 3-0 down against the best team in Europe in the last 15, 20 years. It's one game, and we will try. We need to defend well, and be focused on our style of play."

Bayern had held out for 77 minutes at Barca before Lionel Messi's brace and an injury-time goal from Neymar took the tie away from them.

However, Bayern had struggled to create chances in the match, with Robert Lewandowski failing to hit the target with their only clear opportunity, and Guardiola said the "quality of our football" was a problem.

"We need to take the ball and create chances," he added. "We were not able to do that in Barcelona."

However, he repeatedly stressed that Bayern will not be desperately chasing the first goal from kick-off.

"I'd love to score three goals in five minutes but if we just play the long ball it will come back at us directly, even though the people in Germany want to see those balls," he said.

"Barcelona are an outstanding counter-attacking side and, while the German mentality is to attack, we need to defend against those strikers. They have so much quality. Maybe we can score early, and we'll have the stadium behind us, but first we have to control the match."

Bayern attacker Thomas Muller, who was also present at the news conference, said that Bayern will believe they can make it to the Berlin final "until the final whistle."

"We want to take our chance," he said. "Everyone knows that our chances have been higher [but] we are FC Bayern. We aren't dreaming that it will go the same way as Porto, but it would be nice."

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