Guardiola hints he prefers to avoid ‘most difficult’ Chelsea

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is hoping to avoid playing Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea - at least in the Champions league semi-final.

With the Champions League semi-final draw set to take place later this morning, players and coaches alike have been quizzed by the media on their views on their possible opponents.

When asked about the prospect of facing old foes Jose Mourinho and Chelsea,  Guardiola hinted that he might prefer to avoid them.

'These games were always the most difficult', Guardiola told Mundo Deportivo.

Guardiola has found Chelsea to be difficult opponents over the years, and their style of play has certainly caused him more problems than any other European team.

The two first clashed in 2009 when an all-conquering Barcelona side had to rely on an last-minute Andres Iniesta equaliser in a highly-controversial Champions League semi-final match at Stamford Bridge.

Three years later, Chelsea once again faced Guardiola’s Barcelona side in the Champions League semi-final, with Chelsea triumphing 3-2 on aggregate - despite being constantly under seize from waves of Barcelona attacks at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea's deep, defensive lines have proved the most successful way at stopping against Guardiola’s famed Tiki-Taki possession-based style.

Following Bayern Munich’s penalty shoot-out triumph over Chelsea in this season’s European Super Cup, the Blues remain the only team a Pep Guardiola cup side has failed to beat within 90 minutes this season, and this underlines why the Bayern boss would perhaps prefer to avoid them.

Mourinho, on the other hand, would relish the chance to set his Chelsea side up against Europe’s reigning champions - and the chance to upset the applecart once more.

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