Bayern Munich flop in Telekom Cup

The Bundesliga champions were beaten 2-1 by Augsburg in their tournament-opener before then losing on penalties to Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern Munich ‘s pre-season campaign got off to a dismal start, with Pep Guardiola’s men failing to win a game during Sunday’s Telekom Cup.

The Bavarians began brightly, taking a seventh-minute lead in their semi-final clash with Augsburg when new signing Douglas Costa marking his debut with an assist for Thiago Alcantara.

However, Alexander Esswein levelled matters before Jeong-Ho Hong decided the 45-minute match in the underdogs’ favour.

Bayern experienced further disappointment in their third-place play-off against tournament hosts Borussia Monchengladbach, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Fabian Benko missing from the spot as the Bavarians were beaten 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw.

Hamburg had beaten Monchengladbach on penalties earlier in the day and Bruno Labbadia’s went on to claim the trophy thanks to a 2-1 win over Augsburg in the final.

Mohamed Gouaida and Ivica Olic put Hamburg in complete control and Tim Matavz’s late goal proved purely academic.

Pep pleads with Bayern fans: It was Schweinsteiger's decision to leave

Supporters have reacted angrily to the decision to let the Germany international leave but the Catalan says the club had no other option

Pep Guardiola insists that Bayern Munich are not to blame for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s departure, revealing that the midfielder’s move to Manchester United was a “personal decision” driven by a desire to experience something different.

Schweinsteiger’s £12 million (€16.75m) transfer to Old Trafford was confirmed on Saturday, thus bringing an end to the Germany international’s 17-year association with the Bavarians.

Bayern’s fans have already voiced their disapproval of the deal but Guardiola has argued that the club were left with no other option but to allow the World Cup winner to leave, explaining that the 30-year-old felt that it was time for a change of scenery.

“It was a big honour for me to be his manager,” the FCB coach told reporters at the Telekom Cup in Monchengladbach.

“We talked prior to the season and I said: ‘You decide, Basti’.

“It was Bastian’s personal decision. He wants to have this experience.

“But many, many thanks to Basti.”

Schweinsteiger has struggled for both form and fitness in recent seasons and he was not considered a certain starter during his final season at the Allianz Arena.

Costa relishing Ribery and Robben competition at Bayern

The Brazilian believes he can learn from the two wingers and says the competition between the three of them will be “healthy”

Douglas Costa has admitted he is relishing the competition between himself, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champions completed the signing of the winger on a five-year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this month.

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola admitted his side need Costa’s ability in one-on-one situations, with the Brazilian set to compete with Ribery and Robben for a wide role.

And rather than be daunted by the challenge, Costa believes the experience will only improve him as a player

“I think I came here to learn a lot too, and with Franck here, with Robben, they are the best players you have in the world and are examples to be followed by me and by young players arriving at the club,” he said. 

“I think it will be a healthy competition, I see no problem with that.

“I came here and met all the people in different positions who received me very well. It makes it easier, I think my first day was a lot of learning, I got to know my team-mates, my coach. I think I will match the expectations at the right time.”

Costa also spoke of his excitement at helping Bayern challenge for major honours, adding: “I never imagined being able to wear this shirt, but it’s a dream what I’m doing. I hope to win a lot of trophies and to be able to please the fans.”

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'My destination is Man Utd… one last dream' – Schweinsteiger pens open letter to Bayern Munich fans

The Germany midfielder will leave his boyhood club and move to Old Trafford this summer and explained his decision with a message to fans of the Bundesliga outfit


Bastian Schweinsteiger has penned an open letter to Bayern Munich supporters after it was revealed he would be leaving his boyhood club for Manchester United.

The two clubs confirmed on Saturday the Germany international would be leaving the Allianz Arena to join the Red Devils in a deal worth around £12 million.

And Schweinsteiger, who won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League title with the Bavarians, explained his decision to fans by claiming he wanted to experience life at a different club.

140 characters cannot express how I feel for @FCBayern. #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/EFNX2Jvh00

— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) July 12, 2015

“Dear fans, after 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step,” he wrote on his Twitter.

“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life.

“Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision.

“No one can take away the incredible journey we had together. #MiaSanMia.”

One last dream in my career come true. I am excited about the next chapter in my life with @ManUtd. pic.twitter.com/aWnz9mnuD8

— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) July 12, 2015

'My destination is Man Utd, I hope you understand' – Schweinsteiger pens open letter to Bayern Munich fans

The Germany midfielder will leave his boyhood club and move to Old Trafford this summer and explained his decision with a message to fans of the Bundesliga outfit


Bastian Schweinsteiger has penned an open letter to Bayern Munich supporters after it was revealed he would be leaving his boyhood club for Manchester United.

The two clubs confirmed on Saturday the Germany international would be leaving the Allianz Arena to join the Red Devils in a deal worth around £12 million.

And Schweinsteiger, who won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League title with the Bavarians, explained his decision to fans by claiming he wanted to experience life at a different club.

140 characters cannot express how I feel for @FCBayern. #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/EFNX2Jvh00

— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) July 12, 2015

“Dear fans, after 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step,” he wrote on his Twitter.

“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life.

“Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision.

“No one can take away the incredible journey we had together. #MiaSanMia.”