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Lothar Matthäus skewers Pep Guardiola over Champions League tinkering

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Lothar Matthäus was not a fan of how Pep Guardiola handles the Champions League final.

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Germany and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus was not a fan of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s tactics and strategy for the Champions League finale.

Matthaus wrote the following for Sky Germany (as captured by the Daily Mirror):

With his line-up he stole the Champions League from the club and the fans and he has to rightly listen to the harsh criticism from all sides.

I am sure that there will be internal discussions about whether to part with him. The players will doubt him since that final. He had to try something again, present an imaginary ingenuity at the worst possible moment and totally deserved to lose.

How can you play without a defensive midfielder in the most important game in club history, who was on the pitch in almost every game of the season, who ensures the balance, who gives everyone involved the necessary security?

Why did he leave Rodri and/or Fernandinho out, start six attacking players and also play without a centre-forward?

Per the Daily Mirror, though, the fallout really will not touch Guardiola. Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak is supporting his coach morally and financially as the club is expected to splash some cash in the transfer market this summer.