Wednesday Kickoff: Pep accepts blame for Bayern blowout, Tottenham deny DeBoer approach, and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Pep accepts blame for Bayern blowout, Tottenham deny DeBoer approach, and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Pep accepts blame for Bayern blowout, Tottenham deny DeBoer approach, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

After suffering the worst defeat of his illustrious coaching career, Pep Guardiola wasn’t about to pass the blame to anybody but himself.

The Bayern Munich manager was apologetic after his team’s 4-0 trouncing by Real Madrid, going as far as saying he made a mistake in his approach to guiding Bayern into their Champions League semifinal.

“We played badly. That’s my responsibility,” Guardiola said. “We are at the highest level in Europe and such errors are punished.

“I’ll try to lift the players.”

Guardiola also shot down notions that he might be considering leaving Bayern, stating clearly he plans on sticking with the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern Munich still have the German Cup Final to play for as they close out the Bundesliga season having already won the league title back in March.

Here are some more news items to get your Wednesday going:

TOTTENHAM DENY DE BOER APPROACH

It’s no secret that Tottenham are considering finding a new manager to take over the club this summer, but the club denied any contact made with another team.

Tottenham released an official statement on Wednesday saying, “Reports that we have made approaches to other clubs regarding coaching staff are wholly inaccurate. We have NOT contacted any club regarding coaching appointments.”

The reports referred to in the statement are about Ajax telling BBC Sport that Tottenham have been in touch over manager Frank de Boer, who has won four straight league titles with the Amsterdam club.

QUICK KICKS

If Manchester City accept UEFA’s Financial Fair Play punishment, they could be restricted from registering a full 25-man Champions League squad and face a heavy fine. (REPORT)

A week after being fired by Manchester United, David Moyes has been spotted escaping that disappointing by taking a trip to Miami. (REPORT)

Real Madrid midfielder Xavi Alonso called the yellow card suspension rule unfair after being suspended for the Champions League final. (REPORT)

Roy Hodgson will name his England World Cup squad on May 12. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these developments? Glad to see a manager actually shoulder the blame for a team loss rather than blaming players of the referee? Who would you hire to coach Tottenham if you were in charge? Think UEFA will hand down a serious punishment to Manchester City or see the Citizens getting a slap on the wrist for their Financial Fair Play violations?

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