Guardiola Rues Another Champions League Exit

"The first half saw a tremendous Bayern team with pressure, possession and us showing little response to the situation", said Simeone.

They can finish no lower than seventh and are assured of a European place next season - at least the Europa League - for the first time since 2009.

Prior to Guardiola's arrival Bayern had lifted the Champions League for a fifth time, Jupp Heynckes finishing his time at the club on a high at Wembley.

"They were better, but we scored an away goal, which was important".

The hosts failed to capitalise on Xabi Alonso's deflected free-kick in the first half and, though Robert Lewandowski restored Bayern's lead on the night, it proved in vain. VfB Stuttgart, Bundesliga champions in 2007, are in 17th on 33 points after their 3-1 loss to Mainz 05.

However, the Spaniard said after Bayern went out to Atletico Madrid on away goals that he has "given his life" to Bayern, whom he is to leave at the end of the season for Manchester City.

While he has won the title in each of his three seasons, he never made it past the semi-finals in the Champions League.

Atletico Madrid's Champions League goal hero Antoine Griezmann says he is learning every day from inspirational coach Diego Simeone.

Rummenigge felt the France forward's goal was offside, and the former West Germany global also took issue with the awarding of a late Atletico penalty - although Fernando Torres failed to convert the spot kick.

Guardiola, 45, will be leaving Bavaria this season to join Manchester City after Bayern's 2-1 win over Ingolstadt secured his sixth trophy in three years to add to his already bulging trophy cabinet. Guardiola said he had no regrets in his team selection having recalled Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng in three changes from the side which lost the first leg. "You are disappointed when you don't play well".

"We're in the final and that's the only thing that matters to us", the France global said.

There have been reports that Real Madrid want to extend the contract of Bale and would want to keep him for another two years.

"I don't think the fans care who we got in the final, they are just happy and excited to be there". "I worked for the players, not for a track record".

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