Pep Guardiola has delivered an impassioned response to his critics after Bayern Munich were knocked out of the Champions League.
Guardiola’s Bayern beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Tuesday night, but the Spanish side progressed on away goals after a 1-0 victory in the semi-final first leg last week.
Guardiola, who will take over as Manchester City boss in the summer, has now lost in four consecutive Champions League semi-finals.
His Barcelona side were beaten in the final four of the 2011/12 tournament, and have now failed at the semi-final stage in each of Guardiola’s three years as Bayern Munich manager.
The Spaniard is on the verge of a third straight Bundesliga title as his time in Germany draws to a close, and Guardiola has been criticised for his perceived failure in Europe’s elite competition.
Responding to such claims, Guardiola said after the game: “I have given my life for this team, I have fought and given my best. We haven’t reached a Champions League final, but I am proud of this team.
“We played the football we wanted to today and all that was missing was a goal. I am sorry for all the players. I am proud of my team. We played very well in Madrid and in the match here.
“We will still be sad tomorrow, but the day after, we’ll begin preparations for Ingolstadt.
“We did everything we could. We missed one more goal in the game today. That was all. It hurts, of course. Every time it hurts. But my track record in Munich is not up to me to decide.
“I was very happy here. I worked for the players, not for a track record.
“That is football. You can play better and still be eliminated I feel sorry for my players because they deserved the very best.”