Berlin - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola hailed on Friday
what he said was a successful season despite the crushing 5-0 aggregate defeat
by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals and said he would not change
the way his team played football.
The 4-0 loss to Real in Munich on Tuesday was extremely
bitter for the Bavarians, who had been virtually invincible up until clinching
the league title with seven games left in March.
"I am surprised that we did it so well in this
season," Guardiola told reporters ahead of Saturday's league game against
struggling Hamburg SV.
"We showed a lot of good things. I am satisfied with
this squad. We were outstanding with this system and these players," said
the Spaniard, who joined Bayern this season after a year out following a hugely
successful four years at Barcelona.
Guardiola said he would not change a thing in the way his
team played after their overwhelming possession against Real over both legs
failed to yield a single goal.
He said the reason for a disastrous first half after which
they trailed 3-0 was because Bayern did not control possession.
"I have my ideas and I have to convince my
players," he said. "Following this defeat I am even more convinced of
Bayern, who set a string of league records on the way to the
title, can still add the German Cup to their collection when they face rivals
Borussia Dortmund in the final this month.
Guardiola said the remaining league games against Hamburg
and VfB Stuttgart were key in preparing for the final."We have to focus on these two games now so
we have a good preparation for the Cup final," he said.
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