Thanks to Bayern’s coach it will be easier and less expensive for the Blues to sign Mandzukic.
Bayern won the German cup final against Borussia Dortmund 2-0 after extra time at the weekend. The whole team and especially the coach were relieved that the season ended on a high, because they have received a lot of criticiscm after the Champions League defeat and a few weak matches in the Bundesliga.
However, one player was missing during the celebrations and that was Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian international wasn’t nominated by Guardiola for the cup final. Indeed, he was not even in the 18-player-squad for the match.
His reaction was that he left immediately to his national team in Croatia and a lot of people think that he might not come back to Munich at all.
Mandzukic was once again Bayern’s best striker in this season and scored 18 goals in the Bundesliga. Although he was injured at the beginning of last week, Guardiola mentioned that he could have played in the final, but that he had decided not to take him along. Obviously there were some atmospheric problems between the two, because otherwise he would have put him at least on the bench.
This behaviour reminds one of the way how Guardiola got rid of Ibrahimovic and Eto’o at Barcelona. It seems as if the Spanish coach has a it of a problem treating certain players with the necessary respect they would have deserved after their achievements for their clubs if he feels they have wronged him. There were reports that he was unhappy with Mandzukic smirking during a speech he have after the loss to Madrird.
At the weekend he was lucky that Bayern didn’t need Mandzukic’s help to win the match. Yet, the risk was high, because the Croatian would have been exactly the player they would have needed, if Dortmund had scored the first goal.
It is no secret that Chelsea are interested in Mandzukic and thanks to Guardiola’s public and unrespectful demonstration that he obviously isn’t planning with him anymore, the Blues could get him now a lot cheaper. Apart from that they would get a highly motivated Mandzukic who would want to demonstrate that he is still good enough to play for a top European team.
Guradiola might have had his reasons for not letting Mandzukic play in the German cup final, but making it that obvious that he doesn’t need his best striker anymore, was an unnecessary price reduction of the Croatian. It will be interesting to see what happens moving forward.
If Chelsea really signs Mandzukic, then Mourinho could thank Bayern’s coach because his club would then have more money for the deal with Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid. Signing both strikers would still make sense, as the Spanish striker continues to struggle with injuries.