Pep Guardiola heads back to Bayern Munich training with a smile on the day after crashing out of German Cup

  • Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Dortmund in semi-finals of German Cup
  • Pep Guardiola returned to training ahead of next game against Bayer
  • Bundesliga champions travel to Barcelona for Champions League semi-final first leg on May 6 

Pep Guardiola appeared in a better spirits as he returned to the training ground on the day after his Bayern Munich side crashed out of the German Cup.

The Spaniard cut a discontented figure as Jurgen Klopp raced past him to celebrate Borussia Dortmund's dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

Despite not a single player finding the net in the shoot-out, Guardiola refused to blame his players, saying: 'I'm proud of my team as never before. You can't criticise your team when they've played so well. 

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was back at Bayern Munich training with a smile on his face

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was back at Bayern Munich training with a smile on his face

The Bayern manager watches over his team on the day after crashing out of the German Cup

The Bayern manager watches over his team on the day after crashing out of the German Cup

Guardiola heads towards the balls during the training session at the club's base in Munich

Guardiola heads towards the balls during the training session at the club's base in Munich

Brazilian defender Dante heads the ball during practice ahead of the weekend's game with Bayer Leverkusen

Brazilian defender Dante heads the ball during practice ahead of the weekend's game with Bayer Leverkusen

(L-R) Tobias Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Gianluca Gaudino compete for the ball during training

(L-R) Tobias Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Gianluca Gaudino compete for the ball during training

'It's the best we've played against Dortmund my time here in Germany. We looked a bit tired in the shootout. Congratulations to Dortmund and best of luck to them for the final.' 

'There is nothing positive in a defeat,' club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters. 'We just have to shake it off and take the pitch next Wednesday in Barcelona with renewed vigour.'

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp consoles Guardiola after his side's German Cup victory

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp consoles Guardiola after his side's German Cup victory

None of Bayern's players managed to score in the dramatic penalty shootout on Tuesday

None of Bayern's players managed to score in the dramatic penalty shootout on Tuesday

Guardiola refused to blame his players, saying it was the best they have played against Dortmund under him

Guardiola refused to blame his players, saying it was the best they have played against Dortmund under him

'Maybe we have some better luck there,' he said, with Bayern already missing Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber. 

Guardiola failed to keep his cool during the match - racing down the touchline in anger after officials decided against awarding his side a penalty and having to be restrained by his coaching staff at one stage before eventually hugging the fourth official.

With the treble now out of the question and the Bundesliga title already claimed, Guardiola can concentrate on his May 6 meeting with former club Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Bayern will be without Arjen Robben for the rest of the season, after the winger tore a calf muscle

Bayern will be without Arjen Robben for the rest of the season, after the winger tore a calf muscle

Robert Lewandowski is also a doubt for the Champions League clash with Barcelona after breaking his jaw

Robert Lewandowski is also a doubt for the Champions League clash with Barcelona after breaking his jaw

However, his return to the Nou Camp has been made more testing after winger Arjen Robben was ruled out for the rest of the season, having torn his left calf muscle during the German Cup defeat.

Robben's team-mate Robert Lewandowski is also set for a spell on the sidelines after breaking his jaw and nose in Tuesday's cup match at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich also confirmed that the former Dortmund striker suffered concussion, making him a major doubt for the Bundesliga giants' upcoming Champions League encounter against Barcelona.