Guardiola fields heavy criticism for weakened Bayern squad in defeat

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With Bayern Munich already champions of the Bundesliga, it’s no secret where their priorities now lie.

With a wide-open Champions League second leg due midweek, manager Pep Guardiola named a much-weakened side against Augsburg in the league yesterday, and it resulted in their first defeat since 2012.

Arjen Robben, Philipp Lahm, and Franck Ribery weren’t even in the matchday squad, while Dante and Jerome Boateng were unused substitutes. Mario Gotze, Thomas Mueller, and Xherdan Shaqiri were brought off the bench.

Following the match, Guardiola was heavily criticized by many in the Bundesliga.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh told German media he believed Pep’s teamsheet was an insult to the Bundesliga and he got what he deserved.

“Of course you can lose against Augsburg,” said Veh. “But when I look at his lineup, I must say, he sealed his own fortune.”

The Bundesliga manager also said it’s not good for the competitive balance of the league. “If you do that against teams that play for the Europa League places or against relegation, I think that’s not good.”

Veh wasn’t the only one to comment on the selection. Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt, often in the media speaking on the future of his young star Julian Draxler, had a more humorous tone about Pep’s lineup.

“This is not a good look [for Bayern Munich]. Maybe they’ve got a lot of injuries.” Yeah, that’s it.

Guardiola defended his selection, saying, “If this had been important, then Philipp, Franck, and Arjen would all have been here. The Bundesliga is over – that’s in Bayern’s trophy case already and is staying there.”

For Pep, the risk is not just a loss in the Bundesliga but more importantly a loss of momentum.  Bayern have not won in a three-match stretch across all competitions, an eternity for this dream team.

Was Guardiola right to rest his stars with the second leg against Manchester United coming up? Or should he have gone for an unbeaten league season and a win heading into their midweek match?

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.