Emotional Guardiola sums up his Champions League demise
Emotional Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola struggled to hide his disappointment as his final Champions League campaign with the German champions came to a desperate end at the hands of Atletico Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann grabbed the decisive goal as Atletico Madrid hit Bayern Munich with a sucker punch to reach the Champions League final.
Griezmann tucked away Atletico's first shot on target for the crucial away goal to cancel out Xabi Alonso's first-half strike.
On a dramatic night with both sides missing a penalty, Robert Lewandowski put Bayern back ahead 2-1 on the night and levelled the tie 2-2 on aggregate.
If Pep Guardiola had not already decided to leave Bayern Munich, he would probably be sacked after tonight. Europa League next season maybe.— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) May 3, 2016
Yet they could not find a third as Atletico progressed on away goals, with Bayern suffering more semi-final woe while Diego Simeone's side will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in Milan at the end of the month.
Atletico led courtesy of Saul Niguez's solo goal at the Vicente Calderon last week, but Bayern had won their last 11 Champions League games in Munich and fancied their chances of going through.
In the end, they came up short, with Guardiola admitting he will always regret his European failures with Bayern.
“We did everything we could. Now I hope Carlo Ancelotti next season can keep this same level going. I know he can do this," he said as he wished luck to the coach who will replaced him when he moves to Manchester City this summer.
“The club has a great future because with these players and this mentality there is always going to be a great future. I just wish the best for this club.
“I’ve helped the players here, we’ve played as well as we could and I’m very satisfied with the performances that we’ve given. Maybe it just wasn’t enough.”
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone (above) offered very different reflections on the game, as he toasted a place in a second Champions League final inside three years.
"Very emotional. It was a very good first half by Bayern, they're a great team. The missed penalty gave us life," said Simeone.
"We had to change a bit from the first leg in terms of how we played and we showed our strengths as a team. The penalty miss by Torres hurt us but in the end it was like a movie, thrilling, with five minutes extra time."