Berlin - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insists Tuesday's
Champions League clash against Olympiakos is effectively 'a final' for the
Germans in the battle to finish top of the group.
Both Olympiakos and Bayern have nine points in Group F, but
Guardiola's Bavarians lead the table with an overwhelming goal difference and
beat their Greek rivals 3-0 in Piraus in September.
A draw would put both teams in the knock-out phase, but Bayern
want the win at the Allianz Arena which guarantees they will win the group.
Bayern are looking to build on their 5-1 thumping of Arsenal
at home three weeks ago, which avenged their 2-0 loss in London -- their only
defeat this season.
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"This is a final for us. We'll try and do everything we
can to win the game and hold first place," said Guardiola.
Left-back David Alaba suffered an ankle knock in Saturday's
3-1 league win at Schalke and Guardiola is hoping to have the Austria star fit.
"The injury isn't so bad, the game was only two days
ago, he won't train today and we'll see if he can play," said Guardiola
"We don't want to take any risks, but as I said, this
is a final for us, so we want him to play.
"It won't be an easy game, I was pleased we won 3-0 in
Athens and Olympiakos beat Arsenal in London, which shows how strong they are.
They have a lot of quality."
Arsenal are on brink of a stunning failure to make the
knockout stages for the first time in 16 years after three defeats from their
four group games.
The Gunners must beat Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb at the
Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to keep their hopes alive and need second-placed
Olympiakos to lose in Munich.
"We'll be doing all we can to win the game, not to help
Arsenal, but for ourselves," said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.For
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