Guardiola: Squad depth vital to Bayern Munich success this season

The Spaniard is relieved to have almost a full contingent of players to call on as the reigning German and European champions head into a gruelling run of fixtures
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says that he will depend on his entire squad as the Bavarians head into a tough run of games in their hunt for an unprecedented second successive treble.

The current Bundesliga and Champions League holders return to action following the winter break against Borussia Monchengladbach on January 24 as part of a sequence of six matches in just 18 days prior to their Champions League meeting with Arsenal.

Guardiola is relieved to have a full contingent of players to call upon as his side look to maintain their assault for silverware on all fronts in 2014.

"I have a big squad. We have so many games, every three days, so we need every player," said the Spaniard at the club's training camp in Doha.

Bayern lifted the Club World Cup in December to give Guardiola is first trophy in charge of the club and the former Barcelona man admits that he would have preferred the chance to rotate his line-up in order to keep his players fresh for the return to domestic action.

"In the first round I could not rotate, since many important players were injured," he remarked. "Now we have a full squad and everyone deserves to play."

Bayern are looking to become the first side to defend the modern Champions League as they bid to retain their domestic and European treble from last season but the 42-year-old has warned his side against complacency as they continue their charge for trophies.

Asked whether his side can replicate last season's feat, he replied: "It depends on the performance."