Pep Guardiola is very often coolness personified.
And with good reason, too. The Bayern Munich boss has coached two of the finest teams in modern football and is accustomed to watching his team swat aside helpless Bundesliga opponents in ruthless fashion.
But the 45-year-old, who will join Manchester City in the summer, lost his rag on Tuesday after Bayern threw away a two-goal lead against Juventus and squandered a glorious opportunity to make progression to the Champions League quarter-finals a whole lot easier.
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Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben gave the German champions a 2-0 lead but they were pegged back through goals from Paulo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro, and Guardiola faced questions about his team’s fitness in the game’s aftermath.
“The result is what is it,” the Spaniard said, as per the Daily Mail. “I know that in this country [Italy] you consider physical condition one of the most important aspects of the game.
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“But I don’t give a f**k about their physical condition. Their physical condition doesn’t count for anything if we are talking about one-against-one situations.
“When you concede, it’s the attitude which is the difference. When you concede you need to be smart in handling those minutes after the goal.
“It happened in the past that we didn’t handle those situations. But tonight we did better in that aspect.”
Check out Guardiola’s rant in the video below, with the help of subtitles.
Guardiola’s comments are surprising given that his teams are renowned for their high-pressing style, which only works when the players are physically able to carry out his energetic demands.
It’s also a warning to City’s players of what they can expect when Guardiola arrives. Plenty of psychological work, it appears.
Despite being favourites to reach the last eight thanks to their two away goals, Guardiola remains disappointed that his players were unable to finish Juventus off.
He added: “We could have won the game,” reported the Daily Mail. “We have a team with many youngsters. We will learn from this.
“It’s a shame how it finished but I am very satisfied in the end with what we did. You say we lack character. On the contrary. We came here, had the ball, created chances and scored goals.
“Will it be enough to go through? I don’t know. I would like to sit here after a win but the result is what it is."
Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League in his two seasons at the Bavarians and his tenure will be considered a failure if he doesn’t win them Europe’s finest competition.
Barcelona, the club Guardiola won two Champions League trophies with in a trophy-laden spell at the Spanish club, are the manager’s biggest rivals in the competition.
A Bayern v Barcelona final would be an enthralling encounter and would no doubt produce more passionate displays from Guardiola.
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