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The 67-year-old is in confident mood ahead of his side's Champions League semi-final and dismissed the need to seek advice from his future successor

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has insisted he knows Barcelona "very well" ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final and says he will not be speaking to former Blaugrana boss Pep Guardiola.

The former Camp Nou chief will take charge at the Bavarian club next season after a one-year sabbatical, and though some initially thought Heynckes may tap into the Spaniard's wealth of knowledge on the Liga leaders, the 67-year-old believes he has all the knowledge he needs.

"I have respect for Josep Guardiola and we have a very good relationship. I don't need any information from him, though, because I know Spanish football and Barcelona very well," he told a press conference.

"Barcelona have dominated European football over the past few years. They have a philosophy which is unique to them."

Heynckes led Real Madrid to the European trophy in 1998, and he believes that today's football is more focused on teamwork.

"The team is more important than the individual but there are always players that make the difference. Barca have Messi, for example, but their collective play is what makes them so good.

Accordingly, the 67-year-old pointed out that working as a collective is also what makes die Roten exceptionally strong this term.

He added: "If I were to sum up the strength of Bayern this season in one word, I would say 'teamwork'.

"We play the most modern football in the club's history. There are so many different things we can do to prepare but spontaneity and intuition are very important in football."

"Being fit and strong is one thing but we bring together physical prowess with quality football. We are not just a physical side. We work together as a team, we play the most modern football of all time."

La Liga star Lionel Messi has struggled with injury recently, which emerged doubts on wether he will appear, but the Bayern trainer expects the Argentine to join the action on Tuesday.

"As far as I know Messi has been training normally and will start the game. I know that he has had some muscular problems, but I don't know if it's any more serious than that."

Due to a yellow lock conceded in the quarter-finals against Juventus, first-choice attacker Mario Mandzukic is ruled out for Tuesday, but Heynckes remained tight-lipped on wether Mario Gomez or Claudio Pizarro will replace the Croatian.

"It's a great thing to have two players of such class in my team. One of them is the top foreign scorer in the Bundesliga, the other has been the best German player and last year he scored 12 goals.

"I'm lucky to have both, I'll speak to them and then make the decision."

Bayern lock horns with the Catalan giants on April 23 at the Allianz Arena.




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