BERLIN – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola described on Friday the situation of his team as “very critical” after the spate of injuries that has affected the already loaded calendar next week, especially with the quarterfinal first leg of the Champions League.
“The situation is critical, very critical,” Guardiola said in his Friday press conference, on the eve of the Saturday Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Currently, Bayern is, due to injury, missing players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Mehdi Benatia, the latest addition to the list after suffering an injury in the quarterfinals of the German Cup against Bayer Leverkusen.
Added to that is Javi Martinez, already training solo after recovering from a torn ligament, yet still awaiting to be reinstated.
Guardiola hinted that, looking ahead to the nest week’s Champions League quarterfinal against Porto, he might like to give some players a rest, but is unable to due to the shortage.
He has 14 players, he said, and he doesn’t have many options: “All the players are very tired, I hope our heads can control our legs.”
Guardiola confirmed that Benatia will be benched for two to four weeks, that Schweinsteiger may not play on Saturday against Eintracht, and that his comeback against Porto is doubtful.
After reaching the semifinals of the German Cup by defeating Bayer Leverkusen and gaining 10 points on second place in the Bundesliga, the priority in the coming days is surely the match against Porto.