Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has sounded the alarm bells ahead of next week's UEFA Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid after back-to-back defeats in the German Bundesliga. "If we play like we have done in the last three league games, we won't be reaching any finals," said Guardiola as Bayern bid to reach their fourth Champions League final in five years.
The 43-year-old is encountering his first difficult period at Bayern and was more animated and self-critical than usual in Tuesday's press conference, 24 hours before Bayern's DFB-Pokal semi-final at home to second-division Kaiserslautern. Since winning the Bundesliga title three weeks ago with a record seven matches to spare, Bayern have won one of their last five games, including back-to-back league defeats at Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund, who romped to a 3-0 win in Munich on Saturday.
Bayern are bidding to repeat last season's treble of Champions League, DFB-Pokal and Bundesliga titles, but Guardiola admits he is bemused by the sudden drop in form. "It's the same training, the same system, the same players," he said.
Giant-killers Kaiserslautern have already knocked top-flight sides Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin out of the DFB-Pokal, but last won in Munich 17 years ago. After the cup semi-final, Bayern travel to Bundesliga bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday in their final preparation before their trip to Real's Bernabeu on 23 April.
"We're in a dangerous situation," admitted Guardiola. "If we play in Madrid like we have done recently, we have no chance. When the focus isn't there, then the head is slow and everything happens a little slower."