Bayern Munich's Medhi Benatia forced to miss Benfica game because he forgot his passport

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Pep Guardiola is famed for his thorough, well-planned football, but it appears that doesn't always extend to his Bayern Munich players.

Defender Medhi Benatia has been forced to miss his side's Champions League quarter-final trip to Benfica - reportedly because he left his passport at home.

Benatia denies mistake 

The 28-year-old was quick to deny the rumours, writing on his official Facebook page:

"Some rumours explain my absence at the game to face Benfica by 'forget my passport'.


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"I want to deny this information. I am not of the trip because the staff has taken the decision not to let me participate in the movement, something which seems to go in the normal in the light of my recent return from injury (sic)."

This is just the latest incident in what has been a bizarre season for Benatia, rocked by injuries and poor defensive judgement.

Defender's future uncertain 

It's not even certain whether he will be at the club next season after a couple of errors, and this won't help his cause.

Fortunately for Manchester-bound Guardiola, Bayern's problems won't be his for much longer. However, incoming boss Carlo Ancelotti's first mission will be to sort out the defence, and Benatia could be one of the first to fall if the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss wields the axe because of his erratic Bundesliga form.

As for Guardiola, Benatia has simply made a difficult task in Benfica all the more arduous.

Bayern are already without Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng - for reasons of injury, not incompetence - for their trip to Estadio da Luz, where they will defend a 1-0 lead.

Bayern focus on football

The first leg was as close as the scoreline suggests, and Benfica will no doubt be buoyed by Bayern's latest setback.

Benatia is not the first player to make the mistake. Just a couple of months ago, Luis Suarez sent a member of Barcelona's staff back to his house to retrieve his passport after he made the oversight ahead of their trip to Arsenal.

In fact, it is not even the first time Benatia has found himself Bayern's talking point for the wrong reasons after his pay slip was leaked online earlier this year.

Now, Bayern must hope they can put the distraction behind them and join Real Madrid and Manchester City in reaching the semi-finals.

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