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Why will Pep Guardiola fail at Bayern Munich?

29 July 2013 by

After an amazing season under Jupp Heynckes, I thought that the German manager will keep his job after getting Bayern to the Champions League final twice in a row. But former Barcelona manager and the inventor of the Tiki-Taka Pep Guardiola took his place just because he is known for his beautiful football that his team plays. But I think he will fail, why?

Changing the system – Throughout last season, Bayern Munich showed no mercy against every team that came in their way and Bayern were known for their constant pressure up the pitch for the whole 90 minutes, a thing that we haven’t seen for a long time.

From the past friendly games and past season with Barcelona, we know that Pep Guardiola likes the constant pressure but in the friendly match against Barcelona with saw that he is sticking to the 4-3-3 no striker formation that was working for him at Barcelona as he played with Messi up front next to Pedro and Villa (who is a centre forward but played as a winger) and Jupp Heynckes’ success was built on the 4-2-3-1 formation. Guardiola likes to play the 4-3-3 without a striker.

No Bundesliga experience – Guardiola has only managed inside Barcelona (Barcelona’s 1st team & Barcelona B), Jurgen Klopp obviously has a big advantage over the Spaniard in this category. Guardiola might need time to settle down and get an understanding of German football. It’s not like the La Liga where there are not a lot of strong teams that can beat you, in Germany there are Werder Bremen, Schalke, Dortmund and Mönchengladbach.

Lack of transfers – It’s weird, Bayern obviously don’t need a lot of improvements, they are the European Champions, they beat every team they faced last season (even the three teams that they lost to) but they have obviously needed to find back-ups for Mandzukic and Dante, as Van Buyten is the only back-up for the Brazilian and veteran Pizzaro is a replacement for Mandzukic.

No striker philosophy – Guardiola played with no real centre forward in his four year tenure at Barcelona as Messi played as the main striker on paper, but on the pitch his role was more of an attacking midfielder. Guardiola is trying to make this work at Bayern too after starting without any striker against Barcelona and with Mandzukic on the left wing against Dortmund, but I believe he can’t succeed in Munich without a main striker, we’ll soon find out.

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