Guardiola considers no handshake with Wenger “no problem”
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola refused to comment on why he and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger failed to shake hands at the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie between the two teams.
Bayern Munich qualified for the next stage of the tournament with a 3-1 aggregate win following a 1-1 draw at Allianz Arena. The odds were always against Arsenal, who were playing away and down by two goals, although they had picked up a miraculous victory at the same venue around the same time last year.
This time round however, the heat between Guardiola and Wenger seemed unbearable. The former Barcelona coach laughed off the question about the two managers not shaking hands post-match conference saying that it was “no problem” and that “as a trainer I respect everything about the opponents”.
Guardiola also stayed away from commenting on Wenger’s accusations on the diving incident related to Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben. The Spaniard suggested that he would rather stay focused on the Champions League action as his team had now qualified for the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
“The players were very intelligent in the way we played,” Guardiola said. “We wanted to control the game. In the first half we only had one chance but we didn't give them any chances, so we played very well in that aspect and we wanted to put a bit more pressure up front.
“Our goal was very good. We then conceded a goal that wasn't so good, we had a few problems for about 15 minutes but we didn't have any big problems in the game. We deserve this qualification for the next round.”
Robben caused a great deal of controversy in the first-leg following a challenge by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The shot-stopper got red-carded, something that didn’t go down well with Wenger, who insists Robben could have done less theatrics after the challenge. Robben stood distant from Wenger’s accusations as well and instead talked about how his team deserved to win both legs of the game and that they had proven to be a better side than Arsenal.
“In the end it was a deserved draw to take us through to the quarter-finals,” Robben told Sky Sports. “They have a very good team. If you give them the ball then they can play and cause trouble so the main thing for us was to keep possession and to control the game.”