We won't ask Pep how to beat Barcelona, says Bayern Munich chief Sammer

The Bundesliga champions' sporting director insists the club will not disrespect current coach Jupp Heynckes by asking for the Spaniard's tips on how to beat his former team
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer insists it would be disrespectful to ask Pep Guardiola for advice on how to beat Barcelona.

With the former Blaugrana boss preparing to take charge of the Bundesliga champions this summer, there has been speculation that the club could be tempted to turn to the 42-year-old as they look to beat his old club in the Champions League semi-finals.

Sammer, however, feels it would be unfair to put Guardiola in such a position, while insisting current coach Jupp Heynckes' knowledge of Spanish football is already exemplary.

"This situation reminds us that football is about respect. Jupp Heynckes is our coach, and even though he was there a few years ago, he knows a lot about Spanish football," he told Spox.

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"Respect also to Guardiola. He has Barcelona in his heart. It would be a problem for him. We will not give him the moral problem of disclosing information about his great love."

Sammer went on to hail the return of Eric Abidal and Tito Vilanova ahead of the tie, and stressed that his side are progressing well as they look to replace Barca as the "model" of football.

"Despite the competition, we are very pleased as a club to see Abidal is back in the squad, and that Vilanova is back as coach. We wish them all the best and hope they are at full health," he continued.

"They are a very well structured club. From the first team through to the youth players, they have dominated European football for many years. They were the model of football.

"The way they have developed and the way they play football, and how successful they were, will not be wiped out in two games. But we are on the right track."

Finally, Sammer moved to play down president Uli Hoeness' concerns that the Bundesliga could become a two-horse race similar to La Liga, claiming that Bayern's success is all the matters to him.

"Uli thinks about solidarity, I think about success," he added to ARD. "I'm a ruthless egoist who wants to win everything.