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Bayern Munich's high-risk strategy can bring reward, says Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola admits his side may have to throw caution to the wind in order to overturn their 3-1 first-leg deficit and knock Porto out of the Champions League.

The Bundesliga leaders have plenty of work to do at the Allianz Arena tonight in the second leg of their quarter-final after slipping to a shock loss in Portugal last week.

Porto capitalised on a string of defensive mistakes to triumph, with Ricardo Quaresma scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes - the first a penalty - thanks to gifts from Bayern. The German champions got a goal back through Thiago in the 27th minute before Jackson Martinez capped a fine night for Porto in the 65th.

The result meant Porto extended their unbeaten record in this season's competition and Bayern must find a way to end it in Germany if they are to reach the semi-finals for a fourth consecutive season.

Guardiola said: "Obviously it's a huge challenge, but you don't want to waste time thinking about it. We simply need to play well and show courage, and then we can get the result we need.

"But we'll have to take risks. It's not easy to turn around a 3-1 deficit in the Champions League."

Bayern still have plenty of injury problems to contend with, as they did in Portugal, with the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba, Mehdi Benatia and Javi Martinez all still out. Bastian Schweinsteiger, however, is fit again.

"Porto will have the fresher legs, but the match will be decided not by legs, but by heads," Guardiola said.

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