Pep: Fuss every time Messi left out

Bayern Munich Coach Pep Guardiola says there was a big fuss around Camp Nou every time he left Lionel Messi out of his starting line-up.

The former Barcelona boss also answered questions about his lowest moments during his time in charge of the Catalan giants.

“With a lot of stars in the line-up, like we have now at Bayern Munich or at my previous team Barcelona, you can encounter situations in which having so many can be destructive,” Guardiola told Autopista.es.

“Everyone wants to play, but you can only put 11 players out on the pitch at any one time.

“Every time I left Messi on the bench there was a fuss.

“There were a lot of sad moments at Barca. One of them was when we lost to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League semi-finals.

“We were much better than our opponent, but we conceded a needless goal in the second leg and before we knew it, we were out.

“That was a big defeat for me. I felt as if I couldn’t lift my team again.”

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