Guardiola wants ‘aggressive’ Bayern

Pep Guardiola has said Bayern Munich need to be more aggressive in the Champions League semi-final second-leg against Real Madrid.

The Coach has held a Press conference today ahead of the match at the Allianz Arena tomorrow and touched on a number of issues emanating from the first-leg, which Madrid won 1-0.

“I liked how dominant we were [in the first-leg] but we have to be more aggressive,” AS reports Guardiola as admitting.

“At the same time you can’t play into Madrid’s threats, so we have to find a balance. I’ll sleep tonight, talk to my players and then decide.

“There’s no excuses. I love to have the ball as a player and a Coach. Having the ball means you can attack, rather than the contrary, but in the end Madrid won.

“We had the most corners, ran more than they did and tried everything, but we lost. So my critics are right.

“Even so, we have to have the ball to make chances. It’s what we tried last time and I admire my players for being brave enough to do that at Santiago Bernabeu.

“I would play that game with a little more intensity. We try to control the game with the ball, because what matters in football is possession.

“I can only do what I feel, nor can I ask my players to do something different because it would betray them and they’d notice it.

“I feel it works and you judge me but I’m here for this. I have to accept criticism from all sides.

“All we ask is for thoughts and goals tomorrow. It’s not far to travel to Lisbon.”

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