While his team is doing well in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says that his field tactics might not be as effective against opponents without wingers Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.
“We are having a lot of problems,” Guardiola confessed to reporters. “We don’t have any others players for the one-on-one situations right now.”
Both Ribery and Robben has been taken out Bayern’s line-up due to injuries. Robben was sidelined for the last three games following an abdominal muscle tear that he suffered during their March match against Borussia Monchenladback. Robben’s injury comes in at the onset of Bayern’s three game losing streak, and the 31-year old player is not expected to return for several weeks more. Ribery’s ankle injury came in at the same time as Robben’s and there is no word yet as to when he will be coming back to active play.
“We are a different team without Robben and Ribery fit, but we have to adapt to the current circumstances,” the manager said of their situation.
Despite the loss of the two key players, Guardiola and his crew managed to pull off a win against Bayer Leverkusen to enter the DFB-Pokal semis. The match itself went scoreless, but the Bavarians outgunned Leverkusen 5-3 in a penalty shootout.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer served asz the unsung hero for Bayern, cutting off Leverkusen’s several attempts at the goal in regulation time. He also proved a game changer in the shootout, as he managed to defend two of the shots given to Leverkusen.
On the other hand, Bayern’s chosen five for the penalty shootout proved unstable, sinking all the five goals given to them. The most notable was that by Thiago Alcantara, which served as a nice comeback for the young midfielder, who spent more than a year in the injury list.