Guardiola not a failure, says Beckenbauer

The Bayern honorary president still has faith in the Spaniard, while he remains confident they can turn things around versus Porto

Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer thinks it is too “drastic” to think of Pep Guardiola as a failure at the club.

The German champions were heavily beaten by Real Madrid in Europe last term, while they face an uphill task to make the semi-finals of the Champions League this season after a 3-1 defeat at Porto last week.

Ahead of Tuesday’s return leg at the Allianz Arena, the Bavarians’ honorary president is adamant Guardiola remains the right man for the job.

“Has Guardiola failed? No. I think it would be too drastic to make such a claim,” Beckenbauer told Bild.

“Of course, you have to be on top of your game in the knockout stages of the Champions League. We have failed to do just that in three out of four games.

“Bayern were beaten twice by Real Madrid last year. We have not forgotten about the 4-0 loss yet.

“Not a single Bayern player reached his usual level against Porto. But I can say one thing and that is that I still have complete faith in Guardiola, even if the situation is quite tricky.”

Beckenbauer then went on to stress that Bayern can still turn things aroung versus Porto in Tuesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.

“The team simply did not perform well in Porto and lost because of big individual mistakes,” he added. “Bayern cannot afford to make the same mistakes again. I predict a 3-1 win, with Bayern progressing after penalties.”

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