Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowskihas blamed the coach, Niko Kovac, for the failure of his team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season.
Bayern Munich were eliminated by Liverpool with a 1-3 aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League. After securing a goalless draw in the first leg, the German giants were actually humiliated by the Reds in the second leg which was held at the Allianz Arena Stadium on Wednesday.
After the distasteful result, Lewandowski was frustrated. He considered that Bayern lost because Kovac did not implement the right strategy.
According to the Polish striker, the coach made his team play too defensively and urged for less attacks. As a result, Liverpool played more freely and aggressively than the home team.
"In the first leg, we did not risk much to play attack and try to score goals," Lewandowski told. "We didn't risk much, we were playing at home it was our game but that's why I think Liverpool beat us. We were playing too deep, we didn't take risks, I don't know why," he added.
"We tried to push Liverpool but offensively sometimes it was two against four players and that's why we didn't do much," he said.
Playing in front of the home supporters, Bayern conceded in the 26th minute through a goal scored by Sadio Mane. The home team equalized to 1-1 after Joel Matip scored an own goal in the 39th minute.
However, Liverpool finally ensured a landslide victory over Bayern, after scoring two additional goals in the second half thanks to the heroics of Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
"I had a lot of duels but it was very difficult because I was alone. If you are alone against two or three good players then it’s very difficult.
"I am not happy, I am angry because we should have done better," Lewandowski concluded.
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