Bastian Schweinsteiger to shine, predicts Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola believes his emblematic midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a brilliant second half of the season, he told a press conference in Doha on Friday.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 16, 2015, 20:01 PM IST
Bastian Schweinsteiger to shine, predicts Pep Guardiola

Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola believes his emblematic midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a brilliant second half of the season, he told a press conference in Doha on Friday.

"Something tells me he`s going to play really, really well," said the Spaniard, ahead of Saturday`s friendly with Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

Since his starring role at the World Cup Schweinsteiger has played just six league games for Bayern and two Champions League matches due to a niggling knee complaint.

But the club are in upbeat mood at their winter training camp in Doha.

"Mehdi Benatia had to train on his own because of back problems but the rest of the group have been training well and that makes me happy," said the former Barcelona coach.

"I`m deeply satisfied with their efforts and their level of concentration," said Guardiola.

Bayern play second placed Wolfsburg on January 30 as the Bundesliga action resumes from the winter break with the Munich club 11 points clear at the top.

Defenders David Alaba and Holger Badstuber are both fit to start after undergoing surgery, while record-signingSpanish midfielder Javi Martinez has also been in full training after missing the first half of the season with knee ligament problems.