Guardiola to blame for Bayern defeat, says Matthaus

The 54-year-old feels the coach’s team selection for the game cost his side a place in the final

Former Germany star Lothar Matthaus believes Pep Guardiola’s team selection was to blame for Bayern Munich’s DFB-Pokal semi-final defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

The Bavarians were beaten 2-0 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 at the end of extra-time, with all four of their penalty takers missing from the spot.

Matthaus has since reflected on the game and felt Guardiola made a string of errors in both his selection and substitutions on the night that ultimately cost his side dearly.

“I really rate Guardiola and I think he is the perfect guy for Bayern, but he got it all wrong against Dortmund,” Matthaus told Bild.

“Why did Rafinha play on the left? And why did [Philipp] Lahm not start on the right wing like against Porto? Why did [Xabi] Alonso not start as No.6? Why were [Juan] Bernat and [Medhi] Benatia played out of position? [Thomas] Muller as a false nine?

“Had all of them played in their natural position, Bayern would not only have dominated, but they would have decided the game.

“Why did Pep take off Thiago and Muller? They were two certainties when it comes to penalties. He apparently thought the game would not go to penalties.”

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