Friday, 25th April, 2014

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has stated that Franck Ribery’s recent lack of form is more psychological than physical.

Ribery was off colour in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 defeat at Real Madrid’s hands in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

"It's a problem for the coach to find the right solution", Guardiola was quoted as saying by FIFA’s official site.

Guardiola feels that Ribery will shrug off his lack of form as he is a fighter and believes that the Frenchman’s problem is not physical but more psychological due to the recent injury he suffered.


The 31-year-old French international underwent surgery in February for a burst blood vessel in his buttocks.

"I have to support him and I speak to him every day. He always fights for the team. The problem is not in his legs, it's in his head."

Bayern Munich will take on Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga this Saturday at the Allianz Arena.

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