Bayern heads for match in war-torn Ukraine
AFP · 15 Dec 2014, 17:24
Published: 15 Dec 2014 17:24 GMT+01:00
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Bayern reached the last 16 as group winners while Donetsk qualified as group runners up and their Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano is the competition's top scorer with nine goals in his five matches so far.
"Bayern have never played against Donetsk, but I have five times, four times in the Champions League and once in the Super Cup, and I even lost to them once," said Guardiola.
"I am looking forward to the ties and I think it will be an excellent match as both teams like to attack.
"I have a lot of respect for the opponent."
Donetsk are five points behind leaders Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine's Premier League and last reached the last 16 in Europe in the 2012/13 season.
group stages of Euro 2012, which goalkeeper Manuel Neuer takes to be a good omen.
"The club from the Ukraine has a lot of money and they have invested very well in the team.
there at Euro 2012, so that's a good omen.
Bayern have played and beaten Arsenal at the last 16 stage in the Champions League for the last two seasons and Dutch winger Arjen Robben said it was a
relief to get a different team in Monday's draw.
"I think it's good to finally play someone different and not Arsenal again," joked Robben having scored twice in Bayern's 4-0 win at Augsburg on
Saturday which left Bayern nine points clear in the Bundesliga.
"But we need to be careful, a few Brazilians play there who are really good. We will analyse the opponent well and concentrate on the game."