Pep Guardiola apologises to disgruntled Bayern Munich fans; accepts full responsibility for the loss
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has held himself responsible for the humiliating 5-0 aggregate clobbering at the hands of Real Madrid.
The defending champions were subjected to a thrashing by the visitors as braces from Ramos and Ronaldo saw Madrid completely outmaneuver the Bavarians 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.
“We played badly when we had the ball. That’s my responsibility. I made a mistake,” the Spaniard told reporters. “I was wrong on some tactical issues. It’s my responsibility. When you don’t play well, these things happen against great rivals, but I’m disappointed.”
He further quoted “This team has to win everything so that people are happy. Sometime it’s not possible. I’m sorry for the disappointment of not playing well.”
The Spaniard enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the Catalan giants, Barcelona winning 14 out of a possible 17 trophies during his 4 year tenure. Two Champions League successes in 2009 and 2011 were the defining moments.
However in the recent weeks, he attracted a lot of criticism for turning Bayern into a ‘new Barcelona’ with the same possession tactics, better known as ‘tiki-taka’ which he implemented with the Blaugrana, due to which Bayern lost their ruthless edge and form which they possessed last term.
Guardiola was left to rue his side’s defending from set-pieces, with Ramos heading in a corner and free-kick in the first half. Ronaldo netted on the counter-attack before half-time and completed the scoring with a cheeky free-kick which went under a jumping Bayern defensive wall.
The Spaniard anticipated an emulation of the performances which his side put up against the English oppositions Arsenal and Manchester United. “What we did against Arsenal and Manchester [United] did not work today,” he said. “Also in the first-leg in Madrid we had more control than today and at least a couple of chances. Today, just a few. That’s why we have lost the semi-final.”
Having already wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record-time, Bayern have one last chance to take a shot at another piece of silverware this season when they take on arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DBF-Pokal final on 17th May.