Guardiola drops Mandzukic for German Cup final

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 8:44 am •  Published: May 16, 2014
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BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola dropped Mario Mandzukic for the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund and said Friday that Bastian Schweinsteiger will also miss Saturday's game.

"Basti is injured, a problem with his knee. Mandzukic is my decision," Guardiola said at the Olympic Stadium.

Schweinsteiger, who is aiming for a record seventh German Cup win, strained a tendon in his left knee in last Saturday's 1-0 Bundesliga win over Stuttgart.

Guardiola said he hoped the midfielder would recover in time for Germany at the World Cup but that he couldn't make a prognosis.

"I'm not a doctor," the former Barcelona coach said.

Mandzukic isn't injured and Guardiola implied he could have played but for his coaching decision to leave the Croat out.

The decision has fueled speculation that Mandzukic is leaving the club. Bild reported that the striker had already flown back to Croatia.

Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who will play for Bayern next season, is likely to play against his future side after shaking off a calf problem.