Guardiola: Bayern not in crisis

The former Barcelona coach has laughed off concerns over the Bundesliga leaders’ form, while apologising for his behaviour against Schalke

Pep Guardiola has insisted that Bayern Munich are not in crisis following their difficult Bundesliga restart.

The Bavarians dominated the German top flight in the first half of the season, winning 14 out of 17 games and drawing the other three.

They were beaten 4-1 by Wolfsburg in their first game after the winter break, though, before they were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, Guardiola sees no reason for panic and says it should not come as a shock to see Bayern drop points during the campaign.

“Crisis? There’s no crisis. Things like this happen,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“You can lose one or two games every now and then. We could even lose three or four games. It’s impossible to always win the title with a 25-point lead over our rivals.”

Guardiola went on to explain Bayern’s decision to appeal Jerome Boateng’s three-game ban following his red card in the 1-1 draw with Schalke.

“There is no discussion about it, that it was a red card and a penalty,” he said.

“However, a three-game ban for a foul like that is too much.”

Guardiola also had his say on criticism of his outburst against the linesman versus Schalke and was quick to apologise for his actions.

“I apologise for what I did, to the Bundesliga and to all other teams. I am really sorry about what happened,” he added.

“I am a Catalan and I am often very emotional. I am still a relatively young coach, so maybe that explains a bit what happened.”

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