Vidal hopes for Guardiola reunion

FC Bayern Munchen midfielder Arturo Vidal says he is hopeful of meeting former manager Pep Guardiola in the later stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Vidal played under Guardiola during their time together at Bayern from 2015 until 2016 before he left to join Manchester City. The Citizens are already into the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Switzerland’s Basel 5-2 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, the German giants seemingly have a foot in the last-eight as they enjoy a 5-0 first leg advantage over Turkey’s Besiktas ahead of Wednesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.

The Chile star said: “That would be something great, something special (to meet Man City). The teams resemble each other in their way of playing. We’re not afraid of any opponent, that’s the most important thing.

“Barcelona and Real Madrid are always among the contenders, and Manchester City are playing well this year. Liverpool have also impressed me.

“If we reach the quarter-finals, which I think we will, there won’t be an easy opponent. But we have a strong team that can stand up to any opponent.

“It’s really great to be champions. But we’re talking about Bayern. This club needs more trophies, that’s the most important thing at such a big club. The league, the DFB Cup, also the Champions League.

“I would like to win all three with this club. I hope it’ll all come together this year. To do that, we need a little more luck than we had when we just failed to progress past Real Madrid last year (in last season’s Champions League exit in the quarter-finals.)”