Guardiola: Bayern down to bare bones

The Bavarians will be crowned Bundesliga champions if Wolfsburg fail to beat Gladbach on Sunday, but their efforts have come at a cost

Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich are “down to the real bare bones” as they stand on the brink of Bundesliga glory after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Hertha Berlin.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the only goal of the game at the Allianz Arena, which moves them 15 points clear of Wolfsburg, who have five games remaining.

Wolfsburg are in action on Sunday at Borussia Monchengladbach and anything less than a win will see Bayern lift a third successive Bundesliga trophy, though Guardiola claims he will not be watching as he will be preparing to face Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal semi-final.

“For the game after the Champions League we had a lot of youngsters in the team,” Guardiola told reporters. “We knew it was going to be tough. Our players have heavy legs, you could see that today as we’ve had very few breaks.

“My team are magnificent. I’m incredibly proud of my players, because it wasn’t easy after the Champions League. We’re down to the real bare bones, every game is a shock to the system for us.

“A big challenge lies ahead. We’re almost champions already, so now we have to concentrate on the other competitions.

“I won’t watch the Wolfsburg game, I’ll be watching the replay of Dortmund because we play them in the DFB-Pokal.”

In addition to Bundesliga glory and being two wins from domestic cup success, Bayern are also in the semi-finals of the Champions League where Guardiola will come up against former club Barcelona next month.