Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola lost his cool following questions about his team’s character and fitness after they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Juventus in the Champions League first leg, round of 16 on Tuesday night.
Bayern were very impressive for large parts of the game, as they dominated and pegged Juventus in their own half, and went two goals up within one hour courtesy of Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben.
However, a defensive mistake allowed Paulo Dybala to half the deficit and the Old Lady grew in confidence until Stefano Sturaro clinched the equalizer 14 minutes from time to put a dramatic end to the thrilling encounter.
“The result is what it is,’ said Guardiola. “I know that in Italy you are about physical condition. I don’t give a f*** for the physical condition. It’s the mental question that I care about.
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“I didn’t expect to come here and expect Juve not to shoot on target, or that we would play 90 fantastic minutes.
“They have players like (Mario) Mandzukic, (Paul) Pogba and (Leonardo) Bonucci, one of my all-time favourite players. And we showed character,” he said.
Bayern still remain favourites despite the setback, with their two away goals and with the game tied, they know it is in their hands to progress, but they would also know they could have killed off the contest in Turin.
“We could have won the game,” said Guardiola. “We have a team with many youngsters. We will learn from this. Don’t forget it was Juventus.
“We played a great team, the finalists in the Champions League last year. We did not play a team from the provinces. They have won four titles in Italy. Last year, they went further than us.
“It’s a shame how it finished but I am very satisfied in the end with what we did. You say we lack character. On the contrary. We came here, had the ball, created chances and scored goals.