Guardiola keen on Premier League 'adventure'

The Spaniard has underlined his future ambition to coach in England's top flight, and insists he has nothing but respect for Jose Mourinho, despite their colourful past
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to embark on an "adventure" in the Premier League.

The 42-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea - who the Bavarians play on Friday - throughout his year-long absence from the game.

Despite agreeing to succeed Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena, though, the former Barcelona coach admits he harbours an ambition to take charge of a Premier League club in the future.

He told a press conference: "I am at Bayern and I want to try and do my best, just as I did with Barca.

"I want to stay here for as long as possible, but sooner or later I want to have an adventure in English football."

Guardiola is in Prague preparing for Friday's Uefa Super Cup clash with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

And, although the pair endured a turbulent rivalry during their respective spells in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Guardiola has revealed he holds no grudge towards his opposite number now that both have moved on.

He added: "I have great respect for his career," he said.

"I try to learn from all the coaches in the world, including him. But I will be trying to win the Super Cup, and he will be doing the same so that is it.

"He is a master of organising counter-attacks and when you lose the ball to his teams, you're dead."

Bastian Schweinsteiger was taken injured in the club's 1-1 draw with Freiburg on Tuesday, prompting fears the Germany international could miss the meeting with the Blues.

"It is better for us if Bastian [Schweinsteiger] plays," Guardiola added. "I hope that he is available."

The clash is scheduled to kick off at 19:45 BST.