Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has warned that he will walk out on the German giants if he is not able to stick to his current training methods.
The former Barcelona manager has been heavily criticised in recent days after his Bayern Munich side were demolished and knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.
Although the current club world champions enjoyed 69 per cent of possession, over twice as much as the visitors did they made a multitude of defensive mistakes, and fell to a 4-0 defeat (5-0 on aggregate), coincidently their highest ever European defeat on home soil.
Serious question marks have also been raised regarding how Bayern Munich’s new playing style has disabled the team from making enough goal scoring opportunities.
Although the Bavarian giants registered 19 shots on goal, only four of these were on target in comparison to the visitors who managed to score four goals from five of their attempts.
However, the 43 year old who guided his former club Barcelona to two Champions League titles believes that he is “even more convinced” of his tiki-taka playing technique despite having watched his side being torn apart by Ronaldo and co.
He said: “Why did we lose? Because we didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t have the ball. When you lose 4-0 something is wrong, but these things happen.”
“It doesn’t matter whether we play against Hamburg or Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal final next year, we will still play with my training ideas. Otherwise I will have to leave if I can’t say something which I am not able to say and replicate.”
Reports close to the club also suggest that the Spanish maestro has upset many within the Bayern camp due to his erratic playing style, as well as limiting a number of his star players to making only substitute appearances.
This comes after Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez expressed his anger and frustration at not being picked in his favoured midfield position after being played several times this season in the centre of Bayern Munich’s defence.
However, Guardiola who has already won the Allianz Arena outfit the Bundesliga and led them to the DFB Pokal final believes that his players are smart enough to know what works best for the entire team.
He said: “I have already convinced individual players to play in the position and playing-style in which will have the best effect on the team.”
“I understand that players like Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Javi Martinez want to play. But I must decide what is best for the whole team.”
Guardiola, who is currently preparing his squad ahead of Saturday’s crunch game with relegation doomed Hamburg feels that the everyone associated with the club should be proud of the work that they have put in this season.
“It can be hard at times, but we have already achieved great things this season.”
The former Spanish international has also expressed his excitement at the prospect of star midfielder Thiago Alcantara returning from a serious knee injury just in time for the DFB Pokal final against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund on 17th May.
This comes after the Bayern manager highlighted that his team have been missing creativity in recent weeks.
“I don’t think that he will be able to start against Dortmund. Perhaps he will start on the bench.”
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