Pep Guardiola insists he was “satisfied” by FC Bayern München’s performance in the 1-0 defeat at Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final – but bemoaned his side’s sloppy opening.
Atletico will take a slender advantage to the Allianz Arena next week thanks to Saul Niguez’s wonderful ninth-minute winner, in which he beat a number of Bayern players before finishing past Manuel Neuer.
And while he recognised the brilliance of the goal, the Spaniard was unhappy with the role of his players.
“Saul’s goal is a great goal, he’s a fantastic player [but] it is a result of our mistakes,” he told beIN Sports.
“It was a good game overall, but we started badly. The goal was a consequence of our slow play.
“We have talked about Atletico’s very strong starts to games before.
Guardiola, who will leave the German giants to join Manchester City this summer, has previously admitted that his tenure at Bayern will only be judged a success if he guides the club to Champions League glory.
And the 45-year-old insists that goal is still achievable.
“That’s not a great result for us. It’s always unpleasant when you fail to score in the away game. But we still have 90 minutes to go,” he added.
“We played really well and had enough chances to score. I’m satisfied with our performance.”