Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Guardiola wary of Dortmund despite points gulf

31 October 2014, 21:28

Berlin - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Saturday's Bundesliga opponents Borussia Dortmund remain the Bavarians' main title rivals despite the 14-point gulf between the teams in the table.

Dortmund are 15th after four consecutive league defeats and a fifth at the hands of leaders Bayern at Munich's Allianz Arena would confirm the worst start to a league season in Borussia's history.

Bayern are already four points clear at the top of the table after nine matches and on course to win the German league title for a third consecutive season.

But Guardiola says Dortmund remain the team for Bayern to beat after Jurgen Klopp's side finished second to the Bavarians in the past two seasons and enjoyed a 3-0 win in Munich in April when the teams last met in the league.

Also read: Dortmund still a 'threat' to Bayern, says Lahm

"At the moment, Borussia Dortmund are still our main rivals, the gap in the table doesn't mean anything in October," said Guardiola on Friday.

"I don't look at the situation in the table. My opinion is that they are a superior team, regardless of their current situation.

"We will be playing against Dortmund's best team."

Guardiola refused to be drawn into the war of words between Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has expressed an interest in signing Borussia's Germany winger Marco Reus.

"I know the game is very important for our fans and the club, and that is also the case in Dortmund, but I am the coach and the background noise means nothing to me," insisted Guardiola.

"It's all about football and that is the reason I am here. I don't give a second's thought about anything else."

Guardiola said his side will not change their tactics of playing deep in the opponents' half, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer often well out of his area, a style which could suit Dortmund's counter-attacking game.

"Our style of play is great for them, we play 40 metres in front of Manuel Neuer," said Guardiola.

"No, I'm sorry. I always like my team to play forwards, ever since my first match with Barcelona B."

The Bayern boss also said Netherlands winger Arjen Robben faces a race against time to be fit after missing their last two matches with a leg injury.

"He's a bit better in the last two days, but he's still not 100 percent."



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...