Guardiola still hurting from Madrid loss

The Spaniard has highlighted last season’s defeat as evidence his side still have some way to go to reach their potential and admits David Alaba’s injury is a blow

Pep Guardiola is still hurting from Bayern Munich’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid last season and says that game shows his players are still some way short of reaching his high standards.

The Bavarians are still unbeaten in Bundesliga and Champions League, impressing with wins over Roma and Borussia Dortmund in recent weeks.

Nevetheless, Guardiola pointed to a comprehensive defeat in Europe back in April as evidence there is still much to work on at the Allianz Arena.

“We were beaten 4-0 by Real Madrid last season, so there is still room for improvement,” Guardiola said at a press conference ahead of this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

“We are not at the level yet where we need to be. But we know in which areas we have to improve. I know it and the team knows it as well.”

The Bayern coach then went on to admit that the absence of David Alaba for the remainder of 2014 due to a knee injury is a huge blow for the Bundesliga champions.

“We do not have another player with his qualities. He can play in each position. There are not many players like him and nor are there many players with his attitude.”

Bastian Schweinsteiger on the other hand is nearing his comeback and Guardiola has nothing but praise for the Germany international.

“He might be able to resume squad training next week. Bastian is one of the most important players at Bayern and in the history of Germany’s national team.”

Goal.com