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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola prepares his team to take on Wolfsburg this weekend. Ahead of the match, the former Barcelona manager has admitted that this will be a very tough match for his team. This will be the opening match of the season and Bayern start their title defence with this home match. Guardiola won the league title in his first season, but he has a lot of expectations to live up to after failing badly in the Champions League. Winning the league is almost expected of Bayern this campaign due to the enormous strength in depth.
Even though the club lost Mario Mandzukic in the summer, they brought in Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer. The former Borussia Dortmund striker has been one of the best forwards in Germany, and indeed the world, for the last five years. Compared with Mandzukic, who is a more physical player, Lewandowski is expected to be the perfect striker for a Guardiola team that tries to play the ball on the floor. The possession style of football led to some criticism last season after his team suffered an embarrassing defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, but the addition of Lewandowski is expected to significantly alter their strength with regard to this type of game.
“It’s not going to be easy for us. We’re immediately up against one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. It’s not an ideal situation for us, but that’s okay – we’re patient and I’m not complaining. I’ve got no midfielders. It’s not going to be an easy start for us. It’s going to be dangerous – very, very difficult. If we can be in a good position at the winter break, then we can have a good season,” said the Bayern Munich boss, who has to deal with a number of injury problems.
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The dilemma of Toni Kroos over a proposed move to Real Madrid has opened the door for Manchester United and Chelsea to swoop for the player.
The Bayern Munich midfield maestro was set to complete a move to the European champions after the conclusion of the World Cup but his uncertainty over a regular starting place at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the immense competition for places at the club could scupper the move.
The 24 year old is a £ 20 million target for Real Madrid who wants to bring the German international in as a direct replacement for his Germany team mate Sami Khedira who has failed to produce the kind of form expected of him at the club and move him on with Chelsea willing to sign him.
But the Bayern Munich man, who was a transfer target for David Moyes before he was sacked by Manchester United in April has told close friends about his reservation in moving to Spain with opportunities set to be limited considering Real have a wealth of midfielders in their ranks with the likes of Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Isco and Asier Illaramendi all in the squad.
Manchester United was reportedly close to sealing a deal for the player before incoming Louis van Gaal pulled the plug on a deal as he wanted to bring in Dutchman Kevin Strootman from AS Roma for the midfield role. But with Strootman not expected to fully recover from a knee surgery before October, he has given the club the go ahead to resume talks with Bayern Munich for the player, who he handed his debut while in charge of the Bavarian club.
United do not have a wealth of midfield talent at the moment and the lure of first team football might just clinch the deal for them.
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Pep Guardiola has officially secured his 1st league title with Bayern Munich since being appointed as the head coach of the German side. The last match of the Bundesliga was played on May 10 and a lonely goal from Claudio Pizarro saw Bayern Munich defeating Stuttgart.
Even though Bayern Munich was knocked out of the Champions League after losing against Real Madrid, Guardiola is still enjoying an impressive and dominant debut season with the German team as he won the league title with more than 5 matches remaining and they are favorites on winning the DFB Pokal Cup as they have to lock horns against their rivals Borussia Dortmund on May 17.
After securing the Bundesliga title, Pep Guardiola went on praising the work that his players have made in this entire season as the Spanish coach stated that winning the league trophy is the most important piece of silverware to win in anyone’s debut season.
“I’m happy and very proud of the whole club this season. Maybe for some people it’s just another Bundesliga title but for me it’s my first one. It’s the most important title this term. Winning your domestic league is always the best title because you have to play week after week.”
“I’m very proud of this team and these players. The beer is cold! It’s all okay now after having a proper shower. I’m happy!” Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola is expected to remain being in charge of Bayern Munich for the upcoming and battle once more against the best teams in Europe in the Champions League.
When Real Madrid eliminated Bayern Munich from the Champions League, Pep Guardiola accepted all the blame of their loss but the Spanish coach stated that he will continue using his tactics and playing style which he is known for.
A few months ago it was confirmed that Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski agreed to sign a pre-contractual agreement with Bayern Munich as he will be joining the team of Pep Guardiola at the start of the upcoming season.
Bayern Munich started taking genuine interest in Lewandowski after the Polish forward scored 4 goals against Real Madrid during a Champions League semifinal and there were even rumors that the Spanish club was interested in signing him but ultimately it was Bayern Munich who acted faster and have secured his services. Read the rest of this entry »
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