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Pep Guardiola bids farewell to Bayern with German Cup win

Berlin: Pep Guardiola says his 21st title as a coach is not a bad way to sign off at Bayern Munich after his tearful farewell in the German Cup final.

Manager Pep Guardiola poses with the German Cup after Bayern's win over Dortmund in the final on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Manager Pep Guardiola poses with the German Cup after Bayern's win over Dortmund in the final on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Bayern won Guardiola's final game in charge on Saturday at Berlin's Olympic Stadium by beating Borussia Dortmund 4-3 on penalties after neither side could score in 120 minutes.

Dortmund missed two penalties in the shootout before Douglas Costa nailed the final spot kick to seal Bayern's league and cup double and give Guardiola his 21st title.

"21 titles in seven years, three titles per year, that's not bad," said Guardiola.

'Luck on my side'
"But I had some luck in being able to coach Barcelona and Bayern Munich. "They have players who help you do your best, but my time here in Germany hasn't just been about titles: it was also my life, the stadiums which were always full."

Guardiola will coach Manchester City next season. He revealed that he has struggled to deal with criticism from the German media.

"The last five months haven't been easy. What people said to me, before I decided to join Manchester, was completely different to what they said after it was announced.

"But I am Pep, I always focus on the next game. Titles make people happy, but it was a huge experience for me to be able to work with these players every day."

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