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Guardiola Blames Rotation for Recent Losses

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:28 PM

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola suggested that his heavy rotation policy could have been to blame as Bayern Munich suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since November 2011. A 3-0 loss at home to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday was preceded by a 1-0 loss at Augsburg the week before, and while those results don’t have any bearing on the destination of the league title, which Bayern has already won, it may provide a boost to the Bavarian giant’s opponents in the German Cup and UEFA Champions League semifinals, Kaiserslautern and Real Madrid, respectively.

"It happened to me in Barcelona too that, after we had clinched the league title, we really struggled to raise our game again,'' Guardiola told Sky Sport. "The aim as coach now is to build the team up again. Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe it was a mistake not just to carry on as we were, but I don't want to make rotation out to be an excuse.''

Guardiola fielded his strongest team against Dortmund on Saturday, but he had rested key players in a recent 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim and the 1-0 defeat to Augsburg. "I think the problem is we've already won the Bundesliga and we've just dropped off,'' he said. "We've got to see things the way they are."

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