Guardiola: Bayern ‘not there yet’

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola expects Dortmund to remain in the title race this weekend, and says his team won’t become complacent.

The Manchester City-bound Spaniard was wary to talk up his team’s chances of a historic fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his team’s match against Hertha Berlin, Guardiola pointed out that their nearest rivals, Borrusia Dortmund, still have a mathematical chance of snatching the league trophy away from them.

However, if the results go his way, Bayern could very well lift the trophy this weekend.

“We want to fight for the title, but we are not getting carried away,” the former Barcelona boss told reporters.

“We have not planned any title celebrations yet – we will return to Munich after the game. I expect Dortmund to beat Stuttgart, so we need two more wins.

“We have a lot of quality, which is only normal at a big club. These players won the treble in 2013 and have since tried to win every game.

“It would be a huge honour for Bayern to win a fourth consecutive title. No other German team has done it before and it would be great if we make it.

“We should not forget that we are not there yet. Hertha could win on Saturday – they are having a great season and have shown it is not easy to beat them. It will be like a final.

“I don’t know how defensive Hertha will line up. We have to adapt right from the start. Hertha are physically very strong and are high on confidence following their good results.

“They can still qualify for the Champions League, so it’s a very important game for them.”