In the second semifinal, Bayern Munich blew away Italian Serie A side AC Milan with a 3-0 whitewash. “He won’t be able to play in the final (against Real Madrid) and perhaps he’ll be out even longer than that”.
Pep Guardiola was involved in half-time spat with Milan’s Nigel de Jong as Bayern Munich ran out 3-0 winners in a heated Audi Cup clash. Sporting red and white, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid defeated their opponents AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals and are putting their game faces on for the match.
“I was sad for Joshua Kimmich“, Guardiola said about his outburst. With their star players Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal back in action tonight, Bayern will be at full strength and need to prove to their home town that they are the favorites for yet another league title.
“It is very important to play against teams of this stature, after the Supercup we now have to prepare better for the German Cup and the Bundesliga“.
“The challenge against Kimmich should have been punished more severely”, he said on ZDF televsion. Also, Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Medhi Benatia and Manuel Neuer will all likely come into consideration for Guardiola’s starting XI, given that none of them started Tuesday’s game.
“Football isn’t dancing and fouls are part of the sport”.
Although pre-season friendlies are notoriously tame affairs, De Jong was his usually tough-tackling self when, 10 minutes in, he clattered into the 20-year-old German midfielder. It seems his anger was just frustration at the player’s injury and De Jong’s reputation as a wrecking-ball midfielder stoked the flames further. They are solid and road-tested, while we didn’t put in any intensity.
“We have been working together a month and we are at a good point”.