My future is in Bayern's hands, Guardiola insisted

The former Barcelona boss has stressed that he will stay true to his possession-based style of play

02.05.2014 14:40:02

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will stay true to his own philosophy and has hinted that he is willing to leave if the club feels he is no longer the right man for the job. The former Barcelona coach has been heavily criticised for his possession-based style of play in the aftermath of Bayern's 5-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid. Nevertheless, Guardiola has no intention of changing his philosophy in order to keep the Bayern hierarchy happy. "I have my own philosophy and we will use my philosophy against Hamburg, against Stuttgart, in the DFB-Pokal final and next year," Guardiola stated at a press conference. "I didn't come here to change Germany's football culture, but I do have my own ideas about the game. I can't teach the players another coach's ideas, so the players will have to adapt to my ideas. I cannot be Bayern coach if I have to say things I don't agree with. That would be bad for the club and for the players, who are intelligent. They wouldn't trust me if I wasn't true to myself. "The loss against Real Madrid has only further strengthened my belief in my own philosophy. We lost in the Champions League semi-finals against a great team. These things happen every now and then. It's a shame. "It's up to the club to decide whether I'm the right coach for this club. That's not up to me." The 43-year-old then went on to stress that he's happy with his current squad and insisted he does not expect players like Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Javi Martinez to leave the club this summer. "I will discuss our transfer plans with the club, but I am happy with our current squad. We put in some great performances with these players and in this formation. We still have the DFB-Pokal final to go and will sit down with the bosses after that. We would also have analysed the squad if we had made the Champions League final. This defeat does not change anything. "I understand the players' desire to play. I understand Muller, Martinez and Gotze. They all want to play. But I have to make the decision what's best for the team. Each player wants to play his own game, but that's simply not possible. I have to convince them which way is the best way. "I have no doubt that Muller, Martinez and Gotze will still play for Bayern next season and will do a good job. That is my opinion." Guardiola guided Bayern to the Bundesliga title in his first season in charge, while they can still win the domestic double as well. They take on Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal on May 17.

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