Guardiola blames Porter for MLS All-Star tackles

The Spaniard was not impressed by the MLS All-Stars aggressive approach as the Bundesliga champions had to endure some tough tackling


Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola feels MLS All-Stars boss Caleb Porter did not do enough to stop his players from making reckless tackles in the wake of Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly defeat.

The Bayern trainer was incensed by a couple of challenges in the second half of the match in Portland, with Osvaldo Alonso and Will Johnson clattering into Xherdan Shaqiri and Bastian Schweinsteiger respectively.

Guardiola was seen shouting at Porter a number of times and refused to shake hands with the Portland Timbers coach after the exhibition match, before unleashing a verbal volley at the referee.

The former Barcelona coach claimed he did not shake hands with Porter because he did not see him, but he was seen wagging his finger in a dismissive manner at Porter as the All-Stars boss approached Guardiola.

“I didn’t see him,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by USA Today.

“We tried to respect the rules of the game. I appreciate the effort of my players.

“It’s not my job to be concerned with their tackles. That is another person’s job. I don’t know if he did it.”

Porter had admitted before the game that Guardiola was one of his idols and the 39-year-old did appear disappointed by his opposite number’s antics, but he readily downplayed Guardiola’s reaction after the match.

“That was such a small part of tonight,” Porter said.

“There’s really no reason for me to talk about it. Coaches get heated. Like I said, there was so much good to talk about that there’s no reason to make that a story.”

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