Pep Guardiola admits Bayern Munich don’t have a Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

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Bayern Munich may be soaring high with the prospect of winning their 26th Bundesliga title - the third during the reign of Pep Guardiola in as many seasons - and are still on course to secure European glory after reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last week.

But the Catalan boss is far from impressed by the latest performance of the German giants.

After registering a comfortable 3-0 win against FC Schalke on Saturday, Guardiola revealed that, despite the scoreline stating otherwise, the display was well short of their best.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: quoted the 45-year-old telling reporters after the match: “I am not satisfied with our game. In the first-half we were not on the pitch. I’m sorry for our fans! You come to see 90 minutes full throttle.”


He bemoaned the fact Bayern lack individuals like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo who can single-handedly influence the outcome of the game.

He added: “We have no player who scores 50, 60 goals like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.”

“It is about the attitude to run and run. The difference between the first and the second half was very big.”

The Bavarians may well not possess the calibre of two of the most gifted superstars in world football but rely on teamwork to dominate the oppositions.


Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller lead the scoring charts for the Munich-based outfit with 38 and 29 goals respectively in all competitions.

It is somewhat an impossible feat for anyone to match the brilliance of the Portuguese and the Ballon d’Or winner, with the Real Madrid ace striking 47 times and the Argentine maestro amassing 38 goals so far this season.


The Spanish manager will be leaving Allianz Arena after three years for Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and is hoping to bid goodbye by winning the Champions League which has eluded him since being in charge so far.

Bayern Munich players believe winning the treble in the final year of Guardiola’s tenure would be the perfect parting gift for the former Barcelona head coach.

However, die Roten are already planning for next term having appointed Carlo Ancelotti as Guardiola's successor while they aim for domestic and European supremacy.

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