Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola under pressure after his team was thrashed to a fourth successive defeat on weekend. Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus slaughtered Guardiola’s management style on Monday, claiming his players were losing belief in the coach. And the Spaniard was forced to reiterate his commitment to the German giants in a press conference on the same day, with earlier reports in the British media suggesting he could quit the Allianz Arena for Manchester City at the end of the season. Guardiola has clinched five trophies since his return to management at Bayern in 2013 – two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup – but has seen his side crumble in both campaigns after wrapping up the domestic title early.
After taking over from Jupp Heynckes, who bowed out with a treble, Guardiola’s arrival in Munich might have been expected to usher a dawn of European dominance. Instead, the club was crushed by Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League semi-finals and are on course for a similar hiding from Barcelona.
“Guardiola has already said that their season is over and he’s been rotating his team so much that he’s unsettling the team.
“His team no longer has the stability they had for over eight months, enchanting football fans up and down Germany.
“It seems the players are losing a bit of belief in the coach, and he hadn’t expected that.”
Guardiola’s return to the club where he won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues as a manager as well as six La Ligas and the Champions League as a player didn’t go according to plan.
His Bayern Munich side were swept aside by Lionel Messi, the man he described as unstoppable on the eve of the game, and are on their way out of the competition.
Guardiola’s ambitious full-pitch pressing tactics left his team exposed a number of times in the first half and Bayern needed their goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to keep them in the game.