[DD] Pep Apologises to Fans, Praises Fischer


Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola apologised to the travelling fans who made the trip to Signal Iduna Park yesterday that saw Dortmund come from behind to win 4-1 courtesy of a pair of two-goal, two-minute body-blows.

Hermann Bach of Football Daily asked, “That result will obviously be a disappointment, but what did you make of your team’s performance today?” Guardiola replied calmly, saying: “I want to apologise to the fans who had to watch that today. It simply wasn’t good enough.”

fischerHe later added that he thought man-of-the-match Viktor Fischer “played very well against us,” prompting Fischer to respond: “It is always nice to gain recognition for playing well and I hope to receive more praise in the future.”

Dortmund manager Gray Surman held a brief post-match press conference, as follows:

Paul Weiß, Football Review:
“A fantastic and completely unexpected win against Bayern – you must be delighted?”

“It was a superb performance against what is a very strong opponent.”

Leon Horn, The Express:
“A quite incredible victory for your team today. Just how pleased are you by the result?”

“We were excellent and thoroughly deserved this win, I’m so proud of the team.”

Andreas Seidel, München Times:
“What a comeback! To see your side completely turn a game around like that must be very pleasing?”

“We went down and had to make some changes but the team responded magnificently.”

Karen Stepanyan, European Football Express:
“What sort of impact do you think getting a goal just before half-time had?”

“It’s a great time to score because it forces the opposition to completely alter their plans for the second half at very short notice.”

Hermann Bach, Football Daily:
“Julian Schieber had a great game for you out there today. What did you make of it?”

“Julian had a good solid game, everyone did.”


There have been a number of high-profile managers losing their positions across the world over the weekend:

  • Lazio have fired Vladimir Petkovic after their 0-2 home defeat by Fiorentina, meaning the club have only scored once in their last six matches.
  • Académica have parted company with Pedro Emanuel after being knocked out of the Portuguese Cup by second-flight side Feirense.
  • Two consecutive away defeats have proved the final straw at Anji Makhachkala, who fired Guus Hiddink. The Russian club can’t progress from their Europa League group.
  • Real Valladolid have dispensed with the services of Miroslav Djukic after cup defeat by Levante that saw Koray Günter sent-off on the stroke of half-time. The 19 year-old centre-back is on loan from Borussia Dortmund.

Two vacant positions have been filled, however:

  • Toronto FC have hired former US National Team assistant coach John Hackworth as their new manager.
  • Tuca Ferreti has left Tigres UANL for fellow-Liga MX side Pachuca