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Former Man City star slams tactical “madness” from Pep Guardiola in CL final defeat to Chelsea

Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has hit out at Pep Guardiola for his tactics in yesterday’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

The Spanish tactician made the somewhat surprising move to line up without a defensive midfielder as both Fernandinho and Rodri were left out of the starting XI in Porto.

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Hamann has tweeted describing this as “madness” from Guardiola, who is well known over seeming to over-think things when it comes to his approach to big Champions League games.

See below as Hamann hit out at the decision to leave Rodri out…

Interestingly, Hamann then responded to a user discussing his role for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, when the former Germany midfielder came on for the Reds at half time after their similar approach backfired.

Hamann says Rafael Benitez initially felt he had to try a bold approach to taking on AC Milan, but quickly recognised it wasn’t working, unlike Guardiola yesterday…

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