DFB-Pokal final: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola targeting double
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says losing the DFB-Pokal final to Borussia Dortmund would 'ruin' the club's season.
Last Updated: 16/05/14 5:21pm
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says losing the DFB-Pokal final to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday would 'ruin' the club's season.
Bayern could wrap up a league and cup double for the second year running and leave Dortmund empty-handed, but the Westphalians' coach Jurgen Klopp has told the Bavarians not to be greedy.
"As far as I'm concerned, you've already won the league and that's enough," Klopp said, turning to Guardiola at a communal press conference in Berlin on Friday.
Guardiola could only feign a smile. After seeing his dream of winning the Champions League ended by Real Madrid, he is hungrier than ever to pick up the fourth trophy of his first year as Bayern coach.
He has already clinched the UEFA Supercup, FIFA World Club Cup and Bundesliga since replacing treble-winning Jupp Heynckes last summer.
"If we lose, then it ruins our season," said the Catalan. "Every trophy is pretty."
Mario Mandzukic will not get his hands on the silverware even if Bayern are victorious, however, with Guardiola dropping his top scorer for Saturday's showpiece.
The Croatian has not even made the trip to the capital.
"He would be able to play, but he is not with us and that's my decision," said Guardiola, who appears to have signalled a departure of the former Wolfsburg striker this summer.
His place in the squad next season will be taken by Robert Lewandowski, the Dortmund forward who will move to the Bavarians on a free transfer in the summer.
He will be part of Saturday's final, and fully committed to the Dortmund cause in his last game in yellow and black.
"We have had four fantastic years with him," said Klopp, who has given the Pole a clean bill of health for his Dortmund swansong.
"Everybody saw last weekend how strong we are when he plays."
While Lewandowski looks fit to play, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out for Bayern and Franck Ribery faces a late fitness test.
Not that that makes Dortmund's job any easier.
"I've never had the feeling that we could seek an advantage from the fact that Bayern have a player out," Klopp said.
"Just think of what quality they've got in their attack anyway with (Thomas) Muller, (Mario) Gotze and (Arjen) Robben."