Bayern München boss Pep Guardiola has hit out at reporters after the fitness of his players was questioned following Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
The Bavarians looked on course for a comfortable victory after goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben had put Bayern 2-0 up with just over half an hour to play.
However, Juventus struck back through Pablo Dybala and Stefano Sturaro to ensure that the first leg of the last 16 tie ended all square.
Asked if Sturaro’s equaliser was the result of fatigue, Guardiola fired back that his side’s physicality was not of concern.
“The result is what it is,’ he said. “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.
“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.”
While the Spaniard would of course have preferred to leave Turin with a win, he insisted that a draw was a satisfying result given the calibre of his side’s opponents.
“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.
“Will it be enough to go through? I don’t know. I would like to sit here after a win but the result is what it is.”