German legend Oliver Kahn reckons Guardiola won’t succeed at Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn believes Pep Guardiola isn’t necessarily going to bring immediate success at his old club. The former Germany international has rejected reports of Pep Guardiola’s instantaneous impact at the Bundesliga leaders.
Oliver Kahn isn’t the first man to question Pep Guardiola’s imminent arrival at Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona manager was one of the hottest topics in the transfer market after he quit Nou Camp in the summers.
Since his departure from Barcelona, Pep Guardiola has been linked to a number of top notch clubs from around Europe; such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and AC Milan. The 42-year-old manager, who is currently enjoying his sabbatical with his family, will end his break from football in July this year.
Many expect Bayern Munich to become an unstoppable force under Pep Guardiola, but that might not be the case according to Oliver Kahn, who played for Bayern Munich most of his professional career.
Oliver Kahn suggests the union of Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola could bring down the club’s current form.
“Guardiola brought up players from youth to professional levels, but Bayern's players need not possess the same level of automatism as Barcelona's do,” Oliver Kahn wrote in the Bild.
“To internalize his systems will not happen in one day. Unlike (ex-Bavarian coach) Louis van Gaal’s single-minded usage of the ball to achieve an end result, Guardiola's system is more flexible, with possession central to play.
“Anyone not willing to participate in this collective movement will find it very hard in his system. For example, part of his success lay with Lionel Messi’s use as a 'false number nine', but it is interesting to see if Bayern can play in the future like that.
“Guardiola and sports director Matthias Sammer must develop and implement a consistent philosophy. Doing so will be a decisive factor in the battle to be Europe's number one team.”
Bayern Munich will undoubtedly be Pep Guardiola’s biggest test yet. The Spaniard won’t have the services of Lionel Messi for once, which means Pep Guardiola will have to come up with good tactics rather than depending on key players.