Bayern Munich won the Treble once in 115 years. But its manager is being criticized for his inability to match that accomplishment in the two years he’s been on the bench. Is it no wonder, then, that Bayern’s chief executive thinks the criticism of Pep Guardiola is just a wee bit harsh?
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants everyone to know he’d like Guardiola to stay – and, as he told Suddeutsche Zeitung, “all the team is very happy with him.” It’s not Pep’s fault, after all, that David Alaba, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and probably many more that I’ve forgotten, have spent weeks on the training table this season.
Some might argue that it’s Pep’s fault that Barcelona carved Bayern open like middle schoolers delving into their first frog dissection. After all, it wasn’t the defenders that were missing in action. It’s also somewhat astonishing that, considering the season Bayern’s rivals have had, Borussia Dortmund managed to kick Pep’s side out of the DFB-Pokal. Certainly some blame must be placed on Guardiola for the utterly dreadful penalties taken by his players?
Then there’s the blaming of Bayern’s doctor for the loss to Porto. The yelling at that poor team’s groundskeepers. The argument can even be made that Pep’s normally impeccable fashion sense has taken a turn for the worse.
It was always going to be difficult to come in on the coattails of Jupp Heynckes’ treble-winning season. By any other standard Guardiola’s been successful, but in Munich, it’s just not enough. Yes, he guided Bayern Munich to yet another Bundesliga title. And yes, he’s had to deal with injury after injury. But mistakes? Sure, Pep’s had a few. But he knew what he was getting himself into. He doesn’t need Bayern’s daddy jumping to his defense, telling off the bullies picking on his little boy.