Guardiola: Stability behind Bayern success

Pep Guardiola hailed the consistency of Bayern München after the Bundesliga champions booked their spot in the Champions League semi-finals.

Bayern drew 2-2 in Portugal with Benfica to secure a 3-2 aggregate win and qualify for the last four of the competition for the fifth year in a row.

And Guardiola, who will leave the Bavarians this summer to link up with Manchester City, who Bayern could face in the semi-finals, has said that is a testament to the leadership at the top of the club.

"I am so happy,” he told reporters. “The people have no idea how complicated this competition is. It's big compliment to this club that we're here again. Five semi-finals in a row is incredible.

"Different coaches, different players, but the club is always there. This stability is great.

"We've had injuries but reached this stage with David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich in defence. We created enough chances to deserve to win the game.”

Despite the superlatives, Guardiola reserved a word of warning for his players. Bayern reached the semi-finals of both the Champions League and DFB Pokal last season before losing both ties.

That’s the position they once again find themselves in now, and he has urged his troops to go one better in both.

"Semi-final in the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League — we were there one year ago," Guardiola added. "Hopefully we have one more match in both competitions than back then."