Guardiola 'very, very satisfied' despite Bayern draw

The Spaniard felt his side showed admirable resilience after playing with 10 men for 73 minutes against Schake on Tuesday night


Pep Guardiola defended his Bayern Munich side following their 1-1 draw with Schalke, after praising their strength of character in the face of adversity.

With just 17 minutes gone the Bundesliga leaders were reduced to 10 men as Jerome Boateng was handed a straight red card for bringing down Sidney Sam inside the penalty area.

The visitors were also awarded a penalty for the foul but were unable to capitalise as Manuel Neuer kept out Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s spot-kick.

Arjen Robben then headed Bayern into the lead but Schalke’s numerical advantage eventually told when Benedikt Howedes nodded home an equaliser on 72 minutes to make it 1-1.

The draw means the Bavarians are still without a win in 2015 having been stunned 4-1 by second-placed Wolfsburg last Friday, but Guardiola put on a positive front after the game.

“I’m not satisfied, I am very, very, very satisfied,” said Bayern coach Guardiola, despite seeing his side drop points for a second successive game.

“Of course we wanted three points, but 70 minutes outnumbered against Schalke is not easy. We had the game very well controlled and had enough chances.

“Our performance was much better than in Wolfsburg. Everything is okay. The red card – no discussion! We were lucky that they have missed the penalty.”

Bayern’s lead at the top of the table remains eight points, with Wolfsburg failing to take advantage of their rivals’ slip as they drew 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.