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Pep Guardiola has said that although his side go into the Champions League as one of the early favourites, they will not be taking the competition for granted. Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has said that although his side go into the Champions League as one of the early favourites, they will not be taking the competition for granted. Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

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Pep Guardiola has said that although his side go into the Champions League as one of the early favourites, they will not be taking the competition for granted. Photo: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has defended his football philosophy by insisting that Bayern Munich will not change their approach as they return to the Champions League for the first time since enduring humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid.

Bayern, the 2013 European champions, face Manchester City in the Allianz Arena tonight, five months after their 4-0 defeat on home soil by Real in the semi-finals last season, when Guardiola's blueprint was questioned for the first time. But the former Barcelona coach said the defeat has done nothing to alter his beliefs.

"It doesn't change, he said. "Nothing has changed, in the same way when you win big, big titles you still have to look forward. The previous season, Bayern won three titles; last season two titles.

"People have to know, not just in football but in basketball, tennis, golf - and sport - you have to have a big, big defeat. It is part of the game, but in life, you have to learn to win and lose and then move on."

Although Bayern - without the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery - go into this campaign as one of the favourites to win the competition, Guardiola has cited the example of Manchester United as a warning to those clubs who take Champions League success for granted.

"It's a good lesson for the big clubs," he said. "They think, 'we are unbeatable and strong' and they are not here and maybe the next season they are out."

United have spent more than £150m on new signings this summer. But Guardiola insisted they lacked the financial might to lure Bayern's bigg-est stars from the Allianz. "They didn't have enough money," Guardiola said. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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