Guardiola: Bayern need to find tiki-taka balance

The Spaniard has defended his tactics following widespread criticism of the Bavarians’ Champions League performance at Real Madrid in midweek

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted that he needs to merge his tiki-taka style with German football roots to reap rewards and popularity.

The Bavarians’ toothless performance as they were beaten 1-0 at Real Madrid on Wednesday led to heavy criticism towards the Spaniard’s possession-obsessed tactics, while the Blancos were able to win with significantly less focus on having the ball.

Guardiola stressed his belief that his team are not weak, but accepted that they must be more offensive-minded when Carlo Ancelotti’s men come to visit for the Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

“I know that my philosophy is different from the typical German one,” he told reporters on Friday. “But Bayern wanted me because of my style.

“I’ve won a titles here too now – we won the Bundesliga in March, for example – so I believe that we are not so bad.

“We must keep the passion we offered in Madrid. We have to react, though, as we are 1-0 behind. We need to attack more and I need to find a balance between my ideas and the footballing culture in Germany.”

Bayern face Werder Bremen on Saturday but, with the title already won, the club’s focus will undoubtedly be on turning the European tussle with Madrid around next week.

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