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.

Ultra defensive Schalke didn't deserve draw – Robben

The Netherlands international was not impressed with the Gelsenkirchen side’s tactics and feels FCB deserved the full three points


Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has hit out at Schalke for their negative approach in the 1-1 Bundesliga draw at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Bavarians were reduced to 10 men early on following Jerome Boateng’s red card, yet continued to dominate proceedings and eventually went 1-0 up following Robben’s goal.

Nevertheless, Benedikt Howedes salvaged a draw for the guests with a superb header after a corner, much to the frustration of the Dutchman.

“This result is very annoying. Schalke did not do anything all game. They did not deserve a good result. We put in a pretty good performance against an ultra-defensive team, even if we were a man down,” Robben told Sky.

“We take the lead and then we allow Howedes, who is their strongest player in the air, too much freedom at a corner. You have to give your all in a situation like that and be willing to put your life on the line.

“We have to be very critical of ourselves. We want to keep improving and make progress. Conceding a goal like that could be fatal in the Champions League.”

Bayern will be looking to record their first win of 2015 when they travel to Stuttgart on Saturday.

Ultra defensive Schalke didn't deserve win – Robben

The Netherlands international was not impressed with the Gelsenkirchen side’s tactics and feels FCB deserved the full three points


Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has hit out at Schalke for their negative approach in the 1-1 Bundesliga draw at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Bavarians were reduced to 10 men early on following Jerome Boateng’s red card, yet continued to dominate proceedings and eventually went 1-0 up following Robben’s goal.

Nevertheless, Benedikt Howedes salvaged a draw for the guests with a superb header after a corner, much to the frustration of the Dutchman.

“This result is very annoying. Schalke did not do anything all game. They did not deserve a good result. We put in a pretty good performance against an ultra-defensive team, even if we were a man down,” Robben told Sky.

“We take the lead and then we allow Howedes, who is their strongest player in the air, too much freedom at a corner. You have to give your all in a situation like that and be willing to put your life on the line.

“We have to be very critical of ourselves. We want to keep improving and make progress. Conceding a goal like that could be fatal in the Champions League.”

Bayern will be looking to record their first win of 2015 when they travel to Stuttgart on Saturday.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke: Howedes halts ten-man Bavarians

The defender scored with 18 minutes remaining as the reigning Bundesliga champions’ poor start to 2015 continued on Tuesday evening


Bayern Munich dropped points for a second successive Bundesliga game after Benedikt Howedes’ late goal saw Schalke come away from the Allianz Arena with a 1-1 draw.

The German champions played with 10 men for 73 minutes following Jerome Boateng’s sending off in the first half and the visitors’ numerical advantage ultimately told.

More to follow… 

'I can only thank him' – Guardiola counters Raiola attack

The Bayern coach was the victim of a scathing verbal attack by the agent but would not be drawn into a war of words

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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has countered agent Mino Raiola’s recent attack by thanking him for praising him as a coach.

Raiola launched a scathing attack at the former Barcelona boss earlier this month, calling him “a crap person” for the way he treated Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time at Camp Nou, despite acknowledging his coaching qualities.

“Raiola? He said that I am a great coach, so I can only thank him,” the Bayern coach said when questioned about the agent’s comments at a press conference.

The 44-year-old fell out with Ibrahimovic during the Swede’s spell at Barcelona in 2009-10, with the attacker leaving the club for AC Milan just one year after his arrival from Inter.

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