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Heynckes: I don't need Guardiola's help

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has rejected the idea of Pep Guardiola helping the Bavarian giants defeat Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

And even if the former Nou Camp master did lend his support, a confident Heynckes would not need the assistance, believing he already knows "everything about Barca".

The blockbuster tie against the Spanish leaders looms large on the horizon after Bayern wrapped up the Bundesliga earlier this month, continuing their dominance of the league by routing Nurnberg 4-0 on Saturday.

But with incoming boss Guardiola holding a wealth of knowledge about Barcelona, a club he once played for and managed, queries have been made as to if his insights will be sought to secure Bayern's safe passage to the final.

But Heynckes said he believed Guardiola would stay out the fray due to his long association with the Spanish giants.

"Pep Guardiola wouldn't do us any favours out of respect for his former club," Heynckes told Sky.

"We have a great scouting department, I have two scouts who make me a detailed work-up of every opponent. Moreover, I know everything about Barca."

And Bayern sent a warning to their Champions League rivals with the victory over Nurnberg secured with a second-string XI.

"The first half was outstanding. We played well and showed great movement. It was great," Heynckes continued.

"If I said that it was expected, I'd be exaggerating. But that reflects the inner workings of the team. This is Bayern Munich. Everyone wants to contribute to the success.

"Every player can play with us at any time."

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed the manager's thoughts, saluting the club's fringe players for making their presence felt in the win.

"The players who came in again wanted to prove that they rightfully belong to the squad," he added.

"Many of them were highly motivated. You can only salute them. I'm currently enjoying and very relaxed about our football. It's wonderful."


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