Why Guardiola will have his work cut out for him

by Jamie Walker

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

It is no secret that Bayern Munich have had, what can only be described as, a stellar season; winning the Bundesliga, by an incredible 25 point margin, before going on to lift both the Champions League and the German Cup. An impressive treble which seems the perfect way to cap off Jupp Heynckes’ final season in charge of the German side.

His decision to leave was met with upset but understanding from the Bayern fans, who seemed to be equally as happy with the news that Pep Guardiola would take over the managerial reigns in the new season.

Having also been linked with Chelsea, Guardiola may now be regretting his decision to join the German giants after the success the side faced last season has left the former Barcelona manager with an uphill struggle to repeat the efforts of last season.

It was never in doubt that Munich were going to win the league, having been at the top of the table for virtually the entire season, but you must imagine that there was a part of Pep’s mind that was hoping that the side he is set to take charge of would lose the Champions League and German Cup finals.

Of course Guardiola is a top quality manager with proven trophy winning credentials – winning 14 trophies with Barcelona in just four years with the club.

However after what Bayern did last season how can he possibly better that achievement, at best he can only match it and even then he will have to win the League and Cup as well as retain the Champions League, a feat that no team has accomplished before.

With this being the case then on face value it seems that Guardiola can only fail in his first season because it is highly unlikely that the treble will be won again. Although it must be said that if any side can manage it then it will be Munich under Guardiola.

With what many consider to be the signing of the summer already made as Munich already have wonder-kid Mario Gotze on their books for next year and will be sure to add to their already incredibly talented squad. But will it be enough to see them do the unlikely and win the treble two years on the trot?

It could be argued that the Munich side doesn’t need improving it says a lot about the team’s desire to win even more trophies that they still show such commitment to constantly strengthening their side.

Guardiola most certainly has his work cut out for him at Bayern and will have to do something incredibly impressive in order to match, or even equal, the success of Jupp Heynckes’ final season at the club. But if there is any manager who is up to the task there is no doubt in my mind that Guardiola is that man.


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