Pep Guardiola puts Bayern Munich through their paces ahead of Champions League quarter-final second leg with Benfica
- Bayern Munich train ahead of Champions League tie with Benfica
- Pep Guardiola’s side take 1-0 lead back to Portugal on Wednesday
- Arturo Vidal scored the winning goal early on at the Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich appeared in high spirits on Monday afternoon ahead of their trip to Portugal on Wednesday for the conclusion of their Champions league slast eight tie against Benfica.
Arturo Vidal scored the winning goal inside the opening two minutes during the first leg at the Allianz Arena last Tuesday, but Bayern failed to add to their total throughout the 90 minutes.
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the Estadio da Luz this week on the verge of a fifth consecutive semi-final appearance in Europe’s premier club competition.
Xabi Alonso gestures towards the cameras during Bayern Munich’s training session on Monday afternoon
Douglas Costa watches as his team-mates were put through their paces at Saebener Strasse training ground
Medhi Benatia and David Alaba go through a few gentle exercises ahead of their return to European action
Xabi Alonso was in particularly cheerful mood, pausing to give a thumbs up to the cameras at the club’s Saebener Strasse training base.
Despite Bayern’s sparkling form, which has seen them win each of their last six games, captain Philipp Lahm believes they have been too ‘sloppy’.
‘We must be more precise. We have missed a certain freshness in some of our recent games. We have had some problems,’ the right-back told German website kicker.
Pep Guardiola surveys the scene on Monday ahead of the Champions League second leg with Benfica
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will hope to be on top form as Bayern hope to protect a one-goal lead
Mario Gotze has struggled for game time in recent weeks and did not feature in the first leg last week
‘We did not put enough pressure on Benfica in their half. We have not been accurate enough on the ball. We have been sloppy at times and have been making the wrong decisions.’
‘We must improve and we must improve fast. We are still winning games, though, and have been doing well defensively. But we have to work on our efficiency.’
Guardiola’s side have no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of Wednesday’s game, with Medhi Benatia, Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber all long-term absentees.
Franck Ribery gets his foot on the ball during Bayern’s training session on a sunny Monday afternoon
Source: Daily Mail