Allianz Arena

Last Game

Bay Munich 2 - 0 Mainz

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 14:30

German Bundesliga

Guardiola: I have no regrets

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola defended his decision to field a heavily weakened side after the champions lost their first game in 54 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Last Updated: 06/04/14 at 14:10 Post Comment

Pep Guardiola: Insists Champions League is Bayern's priority now

Pep Guardiola: Insists Champions League is Bayern's priority now

Guardiola admitted on the eve of the game to Augsburg that his priority was the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United on Wednesday, and clearly had no regrets about taking such a stance despite the 1-0 loss.

"If this had been important, then Philipp (Lahm), Franck (Ribery) and Arjen (Robben) would all have been here," Guardiola said.

"The Bundesliga is over - that's in Bayern's museum already and is staying there.

"We tried to win and fought hard, but you can't always win in football and we've got to accept that.

"Now we've got to prepare for our final against Manchester United as soon as possible."

Guardiola's rotation did not receive much approval from the rest of the Bundesliga, though, with Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh critical of the way the champions snubbed the league.

"You can always lose to Augsburg - that's fair enough. But if you look at the team they sent out, then you've got to say that they were architects of their own demise," Veh told Sky television.

Schalke director of sport Horst Heldt added that it's "not good style", joking that "maybe they had a lot of injuries".

Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos defended Guardiola's team selection, saying it was "only normal that you do it when you're already champions".

He added: "It just didn't work out. We want to win every game - even (Saturday's). It doesn't mean we just gift games."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m concerned as I have swore at football matches and whilst watching football on the TV. Am I also in line for an FA charge?

mufc phil
Wilshere charged by FA

I

m a big Rafa fan, but when he substitutes Ronaldo after 60 minutes of his first game, which Real draw 1-1, I don't see the Real fans being patient. He'll be gone before October is out.

the tree
Rafa quiet on Sterling and De Gea

W

hy no blog? that's my summer ruined. Can someone start a petition on change.org please?

myyoot
The New Dawn Gossip

Footer 365

Benitez emotional at Real unveiling

Rafael Benitez refused to discuss Real Madrid's apparent interest in Raheem Sterling and David de Gea at his Bernabeu unveiling on Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez says he has 'returned home' after being named Real Madrid coach

Rafa Benitez says he has "returned home" after being installed as the new coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract.

Sepp Blatter receives standing ovation from FIFA staff

Sepp Blatter received a standing ovation on his return to work a day after he announced he would resign as FIFA president.

Mail Box

Does Anybody Care About Russia?

Do any of us really care about the decision to give the 2018 World Cup to Russia? We're not sure anybody does. We have mails on Blatter, Rafa and lots more...

Celebrate Good Times, But Hard Work Starts Now

The Mailbox is joyous over the impending departure of Sepp Blatter, but offers a reminder that problems remain. Plus title winners, CL play-offs and Nigel Adkins...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company