Champions League

Guardiola takes blame for rout

2014-04-30 07:25
Pep Guardiola (AFP)

Munich - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted he was at fault as the holders suffered an historic 4-0 drubbing in the Champions League semi-final, second leg to Real Madrid.

The holders suffered their worst European home defeat on Tuesday as two goals each by Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo saw the Bavarian giants crash out 5-0 on aggregate.

Having previously never lost at home by more than two goals in Europe, Bayern saw their dreams of reaching a third consecutive Champions League final crushed in what chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge dubbed a "debacle".

"We lost heavily and we had only a few chances," admitted Guardiola.

"We played badly and that's my responsibility.

"If you don't play well and you defend set pieces badly, that's just how it is.

"We are playing at the highest level in Europe, and such mistakes are punished right away."

Ramos exploited Bayern's weak set-piece defending with two bullet-headers from corners before Ronaldo grabbed two more, setting a new record of 16 goals in a single European campaign.

But Bundesliga champions Bayern are more concerned about their record defeat as Guardiola said he made a mistake by selecting Bastian Schweinsteiger alongside Toni Kroos in the defensive midfield.

Things improved after the break when Guardiola moved Schweinsteiger into the attacking midfield with Javi Martinez taking his place alongside Kroos.

"I told the players during the break that I had made a mistake," said Guardiola.

"We knew how Real played, so we always wanted to have a lot of possession and players in midfield.

"We couldn't control the defensive midfield in the first-half and didn't put in a good performance, because the coach made a mistake.

"The players ran and tried hard, as they always want to do, but we didn't have the right players in the right positions at the end of the day."

Despite Bayern boasting a star-studded squad, Guardiola questioned whether he has the players for to his brand of quick-passing, possession-orientated 'Tiki-Taka' football.

Guardiola claimed his side did not have enough possession to be effective against Real, but the stats undermined his argument as his team had 69 percent possession, compared to just 31 to Madrid.

"Of course, we have to consider whether we have the right players to play this style of game," said Guardiola.

"I like to have possession and we lost because we didn't have the ball, simple as that.

"I can only say we have to reflect on this and gather our thoughts.

"We have to talk about this as a club."

Having won the Bundesliga title in his debut season at Bayern with a record seven games to spare, Guardiola's side dropped just four league points in eight months before their league title was confirmed with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on March 25.

Since then they have dropped eight in just five weeks and the sudden dip in form of key players, plus their undignified Champions League exit, will concern club bosses.

But Guardiola's side can still win the domestic double and face rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 17.

"It's a tough night both for me and the team, but taking criticism is part of the job," he said.

"You can't be satisfied after a performance like that, but we have to stand up and prepare for the German Cup final."

Captain Philipp Lahm admitted the squad would need time to recover.

"This is a big disappointment which we have to analyse, but there is no need to speak ill of what we have achieved over the last two years," he said, after Bayern won the treble of European, league and cup titles last season.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben said the Bavarian giants now have to pick themselves up for Dortmund.

"We have been punished tonight, but we have to lift our heads, because we have a cup final coming up.

"We took a beating, we have to accept it, cry about it, go home and then move on."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

You might not know what a Tsunami Flip is, but just watching this will turn your eyes into saucers. Check out this first-ever MTB Tsunami Flip in contest here.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Mountain unicycling – say WHAT?
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
Top tips to ensure you’re running right
Stand-up paddle boarding a great workout
Fixtures
01 October 2014
Zenit St Petersburg v Monaco, Petrovski Stadium 18:00
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Benfica, BayArena 20:45
RSC Anderlecht v Borussia Dortmund, Constant Vanden Stock 20:45
Arsenal v Galatasaray, Emirates Stadium 20:45
FC Basel v Liverpool, St Jakob-Park 20:45
Malmö FF v Olympiakos, Swedbank Stadion 20:45
Ludogorets Razgrad v Real Madrid, Vasil Levski National Stadium 20:45
Atlético de Madrid v Juventus, Vicente Calderón 20:45
21 October 2014
CSKA Moscow v Manchester City, Arena Khimki 18:00
BATE Borisov v Shakhtar Donetsk, Borisov Arena 20:45
Barcelona v Ajax, Camp Nou 20:45
FC Porto v Athletic Club, Estadio do Dragao 20:45
APOEL Nicosia v Paris Saint Germain, GSP Stadium 20:45
Roma v FC Bayern München, Olimpico 20:45
Chelsea v NK Maribor, Stamford Bridge 20:45
FC Schalke 04 v Sporting Lisbon, VELTINS-Arena 20:45
22 October 2014
Liverpool v Real Madrid, Anfield 20:45
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Zenit St Petersburg, BayArena 20:45
RSC Anderlecht v Arsenal, Constant Vanden Stock 20:45
Olympiakos v Juventus, Karaiskaki Stadium 20:45
Ludogorets Razgrad v FC Basel, Ludogorets Arena 20:45
Monaco v Benfica, Stade Louis II 20:45
Galatasaray v Borussia Dortmund, Türk Telekom Arena 20:45
Atlético de Madrid v Malmö FF, Vicente Calderón 20:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will win the 2013/14 Champions League title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.