Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has replied to the criticism he received after last week’s Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The Spaniard saw his team go down 1-0 in their first-leg semi-final clash with Diego Simeone’s men at the Vicente Calderon, thanks to a Saul Niguez goal, but was questioned in certain quarters over his team selection after leaving Thomas Muller on the bench.
“The problem people have with me is that I’ve won so many titles. An hour before the game you’ll see who will start,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s second leg clash at the Allianz Arena.
“We have to interpret how we approach each game and play according to our philosophy. In Madrid we didn’t lose because Muller didn’t start, and his presence is not the only thing that will determine the outcome in this game.
“You’ve got to adapt the squad you have and if I had wanted to play the exact same way we did in Spain then I’d have stayed there.
“It’s a great honour to be in the semi-final but we have to improve our performance if we are going to reach the final in Milan.”