Speaking with confidence but also quite aware that his side will face a fervid crowd, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola declared his squad are shooting for a sixth Champions League title ahead of Wednesday's Group F opener against Olympiakos at Karaiskaki Stadium in Piraeus.
The Bundesliga titans have reached the semifinals four years straight, but have claimed one title in that span and Guardiola wouldn’t keep his goal a secret while giving the Greek side much deserved credit when speaking with reporters Tuesday.
"We're going to try to win the Champions League again," Guardiola said."All the sides are very strong so to win this game would be a good first step. The atmosphere's going to be very hostile and Olympiakos have a great deal of quality."
Indeed, just like Munich, manager Marco Silva’s side carry an undefeated domestic record and confidence into the tournament with hopes of making it out of the group stage for the second time in three years. And their home crowd played a significant role in upset victories over top clubs Atletico Madrid and Juventus last year.
Olympiakos will also face a limping Munich side that hasn’t reached top form in domestic play. Wingers Franck Riberty and Arjen Robben have been ruled out due to injury, as well as Medhi Benatia and Holger Badstuber.
However, the loaded attack can still rely on forwards Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandkowski, who’ve combined for nine goals thus far, with Mario Gotze and newest addition Arturo Vidal likely to fill in for Robben and Ribery.
Silva’s lineup will miss midfielder Luka Milivojevic due to a suspension, with Esteban Cambiasso likely to suit up with regular starter Pajtim Kasami.
Kickoff Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
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Prediction: Bayern Munich over Olympiakos, 2-0