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May 15, 2014

Ribery critical of Pep's rotation policy

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson discusses Bastian Schweinsteiger's injury and how it is being handled leading up to the World Cup.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has criticised his coach Pep Guardiola's rotation policy, claiming it is not good for morale for so many changes to be made.

Pep Guardiola consoles Franck Ribery after the Frenchman was substituted.
Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga with ease but have struggled as the season has wound down.

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Although Die Roten won the Bundesliga in record time, players such as Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller all spent longer than they would have liked on the bench.

Often, they were not even named in the matchday squad and Ribery feels he was unable to produce his best form because of this, with Bayern crashing out of the Champions League to Real Madrid at the semifinal stage.

"Sometimes you were playing, sometimes you were on the bench and sometimes you were just left at home,'' he said on kicker.de.

"That was a new situation for all of us. Personally, I need to be playing games. I need five or six games before maybe taking a break, but not after just one game.''

Ribery is battling with a back injury which is jeopardising his chances of featuring in the DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, but says he could be among the substitutes.

"It's going to be touch and go,'' he said. "Maybe I'll be okay for the bench or to play a bit of the game.''

Ribery made just 22 appearances for Bayern in the Bundesliga this season, with a combination of injuries and Guardiola's selection policy denying him more action.

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