Pep Guardiola claimed to have ‘no problem’ with Arsene Wenger as the pair failed to publicly shake hands after the encounter between Bayern Munich and Arsenal at the Allianz Arena, something they also decided against doing in the reverse fixture.
Bayern progressed to the last eight of this season’s Champions League with an aggregate victory of 3-1, but many were scratching their heads after the encounter as to why the two managers failed to complete the traditional post match pleasantries.
The same thing had occurred at the Emirates Stadium, something that reportedly left the Bayern hierarchy bemused. And, following a repeat performance in Munich, Guardiola moved to dismiss any speculation that he has a problem with his Arsenal counterpart.
"No problem," Guardiola told reporters when asked of his relationship with Wenger. "As a trainer I respect everything about the opponents."
Bayern and Arsenal played out a 1-1 on Tuesday to ensure the progression of the home side, with last season’s Champions League winners having triumphed 2-0 in the first leg of the tie in London.
Bastian Schweinsteiger appeared to put proceedings beyond doubt when he steered Bayern ahead in the second leg, but a goal from Lukas Podolski provided some jitters for the Bavarians. Thomas Muller missed a penalty late on that would have eased nerves, but Bayern were able to hold on.