Philipp Lahm has extraordinarily revealed that Pep Guardiola asked his Bayern Munich stars for tactical advice ahead of their ill-fated 2014 Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.
The Bayern legend spoke to German news outlet Zeit about the encounter that saw Guardiola's men humbled by Carlo Ancelotti's impressive charges on 29th April three years ago.
The Bavaria-based side were subjected to a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Los Blancos in the second leg of their semi-final clash - Real having been up 1-0 in the tie already - and Lahm explained how Guardiola consulted his players about how they wanted to play in the build-up to that match.
Lahm said: "He called six of us to him before the game and asked how we wanted to play. Back then Pep Guardiola believed the players must feel comfortable. Therefore, he agreed to play how the team wanted."
Guardiola was severely criticised in the wake of that humbling defeat during his first campaign in charge of the Bundesliga giants, but Lahm refused to level the blame at his ex-manager's feet, before going to state that the now Manchester City boss would likely never perform a similar task again in his managerial career.
He continued: "After that defeat, it was portrayed like his system didn't work. However, in reality, it really wasn't his system at all.
"Everyone should have been able to spot that never could have been Pep's game, and he'll probably never do it again."
Lahm, who claimed his eighth German top flight title with Bayern last weekend ahead of his official retirement from playing at the end of this term, also commented on the speculation over him turning down an off-the-field role at the club.
The 33-year-old full-back had been expected to become the club's new sporting director ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, but Lahm decided against taking up the opportunity after Bayern president Uli Hoeness' presence at the Allianz Arena prevented him from formally accepting the role.
Lahm went on to add, however, that he harboured no ill-will towards the 65-year-old after it was alleged that Hoeness was not willing to relinquish some of his influence at Bayern in favour of allowing Lahm to step up.
He said: "No, not anymore. I'm not one to bear a grudge. My feeling was that Uli Hoeness is still so full of zest that initially there isn't a place for me."
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