I’m not dead yet, says Guardiola

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Bayern Munich’s Spanish coach Josep Guardiola kicks a ball during the UEFA Champions League semifinals first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

Bayern Munich’s Spanish coach Josep Guardiola kicks a ball during the UEFA Champions League semifinals first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

BERLIN: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has responded to criticism of his team selection in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid by insisting he is “not dead yet.”

“I am not dead yet. We still have a match. I still have one more bullet,” Guardiola told media on Friday (Saturday in Manila) after Bayern lost 1-0 to Atletico in their Champions League semifinals first leg in Spain.

The Bavarians host Atletico in the return next Tuesday but before that they can secure a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with a win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Guardiola, who will move to Manchester City at the end of the season, has been criticised for leaving Thomas Mueller on the bench at kick-off at the Vicente Calderon, but he said he is focused only on finishing his time at Bayern on a high.

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“You cannot imagine how happy I am. I am full of energy and am looking forward to the coming days. I am super-motivated,” said the 45-year-old, who has seen his side eliminated in the Champions League semi-finals in each of the last two seasons.

Of the second leg against Atletico, he added: “We have already proven in other situations that we are capable.”

AFP

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