Pep Guardiola hails Bayern Munich’s Youth Academy
The new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is keen on providing youngsters with the opportunity to show their worth at the club. The former Barcelona manager announced in his first press conference for Bayern Munich that he was going to provide ample of opportunities to players from Bayern Munich’s youth academy in the future.
Pep Guardiola took over the reins of the treble winning side on Monday. The Spaniard was impressive in his debut press conference, whilst talking about his plans for the future. Pep Guardiola was confirmed as new manager of Bayern Munich in January, although the former Spain international was on his sabbatical from football and Jupp Heynckes was leading the club.
In his press conference, Pep Guardiola revealed his agents had been busy scouting Bayern Munich’s youth academy. The Spaniard also admitted he was impressed by what he heard and saw at the club.
“I have heard many good things about the academy. We want to integrate several youngsters into first-team training,” Pep Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola refrained from putting too much pressure on Bayern Munich’s youth academy, who have produced talents such as Holger Badstuber, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Alaba in recent years.
“I have to get to know the youth players first and then talk to Matthias [Sammer, the club's sporting director] and Kalle [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern CEO],” Pep Guardiola said. “I am convinced Bayern has many good youngsters. But I have been in New York for a year, I don't have a whole lot of information about those players. I need to see them. Then we will talk and take a decision.”
Pep Guardiola heaped praise upon the Bayern Munich’s youth academy and confirmed that he would not destroy the stability they have reached by signing in a plethora of new players. In the past, clubs such as Chelsea have jeopardized their youth academy because of their tactics.
“If a team has won that much, you don't need to change everything,” Pep Guardiola continued. “The team is very good. Barcelona and Bayern play on a very high level and that also applies to the youth department. We will have a team that will hopefully be very successful.”
Pep Guardiola stunned a ton of people at his press conference when he started to speak in German. The Spaniard revealed that he had worked hard at learning German during his sabbatical from football in New York. Pep Guardiola also revealed that his German teacher was ironically a Borussia Dortmund fan.
“My German teacher is a BVB [Borussia Dortmund] fan,” Pep Guardiola added. “I love football. I loved football as a player and I love football as a coach,” he continued. “Football is my drink.”