Old foes!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has outlined his respect for Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.
“We’re up against Manchester United, one of the most important clubs in the world, regardless of their current situation,” explained Guardiola. “Especially if you look back over the last 10 or 15 years under Sir Alex.

David Moyes is looking forward to taking charge of arguably the biggest game of his managerial career so far as Manchester United prepare to face Bayern Munich.
“It’s been a very good competition for us so far in my short time here,” Moyes told a press conference on Monday. “I came into it very inexperienced in the Champions League but we’ve done well and now we’ve got the ultimate test in Bayern Munich.

Moyes thinks the pressure is equally balanced because they want to win the game as much as Bayern do. Moyes assures united fans that the red devils are as good a side as any on their day. Excerpts from the press conference at Old Trafford would suggest Pep Guardiola is in agreement and has called on the Bavarians to show their class. Red’s captain Lahm has answered with confidence ahead of tonight’s game: We don’t just want to score an away goal, we want to win.

History between old foes…

Nou Camp 26 May 1999: Arguably United’s greatest ever triumph.

The Bavarians have won three times against United, with four matches drawn. Three meetings came in the epochal 1998/99 campaign, with the sides playing out 2-2 and 1-1 draws. Of course, Bayern thought they’d got the better of United in Barcelona until the timely interventions of Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the German’s have since not forgotten.

Two seasons later Bayern got revenge of sorts, knocking United out in 2000/01’s quarter-finals, then the following season the clubs again traded group stage draws (1-1 and 0-0). The most recent meetings also came in the last eight, in 2010. In the first leg Wayne Rooney gave United a first-minute lead, but goals from Franck Ribery and Ivica Olic handed Bayern a home win.

At Old Trafford, the rampant Reds threatened to ‘do a Roma’, scoring three inside 41 minutes. But Olic grabbed a goal back before the break and when Rafael was dismissed on 50 minutes it turned the tide. In the ensuing onslaught, Arjen Robben’s goal after 74 minutes put Bayern through on away goals and halted what might have turned into a third consecutive European final appearance.

So Bayern will seek a hat-trick of quarter-final victories in April’s double header, but as United proved before, even with the odds against them triumph is within reach.

 

Fools day with the reds

Man United press conference at Old Trafford
Man United press conference at Old Trafford

Most united fans have more or less given up on their chances against Bayern, and with good reason. The confidence in the words of Moyes and Giggs seems like a cruel practical joke. Bayern have been outstanding over two seasons. Having already wrapped up the Bundesliga, the defending champions have already knocked out Arsenal, in the previous round aiming to oust yet another Premier league team.

Suspensions and injuries

Suspended – Evra (Man. United)
Suspended – Dante (Bayern)
Injured Knee – Van Persie (Man. United)
Injured Foot – Contento (Bayern)
Injured Knee – Thiago Alcántara (Bayern)
Doubtful Calf – J. Evans (Man. United)
Doubtful Thigh – Rafael (Man. United)
Doubtful Hamstring – Smalling (Man. United)
Doubtful Knee – Valencia (Man. United)

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Akinola George-Taylor, Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, and his Team, paid courtesy visit yesterday to the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Alausa yesterday.

The Managing Director of Heritage Bank, Akinola George-Taylor has disclosed that the bank would continue to increase the wallet of its business transactions with Lagos state government.  

He gave this assurance yesterday when he led a team of the bank on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja.

George-Taylor commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration, whilst aligning with the great works in Lagos State.

“We are here to introduce ourselves as the new management of the Heritage Bank and being that we have had a relationship with the state (Lagos) for a number of years now, we felt it was necessary to come and present ourselves to the Governor; to say thanks for the business that we enjoyed with the government and that we align and commend the great work he is doing for Lagos State.

“And of course, as bankers, we want to try and increase our own size of the wallet of the business that we do with the government and to extend our best wishes to him and his government. It was a courtesy call to say thank you and wish him well in the next coming elections,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Governor, Sanwo-Olu said his administration was poised to do more as it continued to play its roles in providing an enabling environment, improving the ease of doing business and being forward-looking in its dealings with financial institutions.

The governor also said that his administration will continue to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship with financial institutions in the State.

He said: “Lagos is the Centre of Excellence and the commercial, economic nerve centre, so we cannot but ensure that we have a very forward-looking mutually beneficial relationship with all of our financial institutions and of course, Heritage Bank is not an exception.

“I want to implore you and your team to be intentional and think something fresh; think something different that can indeed stimulate us. You can rest assured that we know how important it is to spread our businesses and to ensure that everybody gets a part of it knowing that you and your staff will also have a corporate responsibility on the Personal Income Tax component. It is expected that we will continue to play our roles and play our parts.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the Managing Director and his new team on the huge and great responsibilities that shareholders and other stakeholders in Heritage Bank have reposed in them,” he said.