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Pep Guardiola on Atletico Madrid: It's always very complicated against them

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Pep Guardiola has led Bayern Munich to the semifinals of the Champions League in all three of the season in which he's been in Bavaria. He'll be hoping that this tie against Atletico Madrid ends up much different than the previous two.

Bayern were unceremoniously dumped out of the semifinals by eventual winners Real Madrid and Barcelona in their last two escapades. Perhaps, the third time is a charm?

While Bayern haven't been on the field against Atleti since the 1974 European Cup Final, Guardiola sure has experience against them from his time with Barcelona.

"I know the Spanish league very well and I know how strong Atlético are. They've had the same coach for many years. They know exactly what they have to do. It's always very complicated against them. The atmosphere at the Estadio Vicente Calderón is the best in Europe, it's going to be a great experience for us. We need 90 minutes and then another 90 minutes of full concentration. Diego Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world. He's changed the club, Atlético have reached a new level over the last five years."


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