Bayern Munich was & # 39; like the Wild West & # 39; in the years after Pep Guardiola left for Manchester City, Thomas Muller admits because he admits they could not control games in the same way
- Pep Guardiola was hugely successful during his time as leader of Bayern Munich
- After his departure, Thomas Muller said that it & # 39; like the Wild West & # 39; was because they lost discipline
- Muller says that working under Guardiola was mentally drained and exercise was the key
- Carlo Ancelotti was the man who was the now Man City boss at Allianz Arena would replace
Thomas Muller stands alive in Bayern Munich was like & # 39; the Wild West & # 39; after the exit of Pep Guardiola when the players lost the direction that the now manager of Manchester City had drilled.
] Guardiola is a renowned disciplinary team and has been successful at every club he manages, from Barcelona to Manchester City via Bayern.
During his time in the Bundesliga, the Bavarian won three straight Bundesliga titles, as well as two German cups and the UEFA Super Cup.
However, when he left and Carlo Ancelotti took over, Muller insists that it went south very quickly.
& # 39; For my game structure is super important & # 39 ;, he told The Athletic . & # 39; It must be timepiece. I see myself as a cog. I can throw my qualities and playing characteristics into the mix and I can help the team improve that way. I will never be a player who takes the ball outside his own box and goes past three men.
& # 39; If we manage to have stability, if we have control over the structure and the game, I find it easier to have a positive impact. We were unable to do that in the years following Pep. It was sometimes a bit Wild West.
& # 39; The check we stood for when FC Bayern was gone. There was a feeling that anything could happen. Perhaps that way it was more fun for the spectators. & # 39;
Guardiola is also known to spend only a few years in a club before taking a break to recharge his batteries due to the great stress that the rollers have.
That is also the case for the players, since Guardiola works extremely hard to ensure that his discipline is clear at every club.
2007–2008: Barcelona B
2013–2016: Bayern Munich
2016 – present: Manchester City
& # 39; To exercise the kind of dominance we usually had under Guardiola, you have to work extremely hard during the training, & Muller continued. That is the problem. It is incredibly tiring spiritually.
& # 39; You must repeat things – repeat, repeat, repeat, until they are second nature. It was normal for Pep to push his players so much. Other coaches have different ways of working.
& I understand why some people found our extreme dominance under Guardiola boring, but that kind of total control cannot be reproduced as a copy. You can't say: & # 39; They've learned all those things from Pep. They just have to keep playing like this. & # 39; That is not the problem. You have to work on it every day. & # 39;
Bayern is now being coached by Hansi Flick, who took over interim duties from Niko Kovac in early November.
During his time at the head of the club, Flick impressed with 14 wins from 17 games, bringing Bayern back to the top of the Bundesliga.
David Silva shows Pep Guardiola what he will miss with a stunning display at 400th performance for Manchester City
- David Silva showed Manchester City what they will miss when he leaves
- The 33-year-old excelled in his 400th performance for Pep Guardiola
- The Spaniard showed excellent footwork for two to provide assist at the Vitality Stadium
- His partnership with Kevin de Bruyne has become the envy of top flight rivals
There was a glint in the eye of Pep Guardiola when he spoke about Real Madrid like The most influential coach of European football is getting ready to tackle his ultimate winning machine.
Let alone Wilder v Fury. The Guardiola duels with Madrid have produced storylines to obscure even the greatest stories of heavyweight boxing.
Barcelona & # 39; s Lionel Messi -inspired 6-2 victory over the Bernabeu in May 2009 and 5-0 dismantling at the Nou Camp 18 months later ; the four Clasicos in 18 days in the spring of 2011, when the atmosphere between Guardiola & Barca and Jose Mourinho Madrid became toxic; the humiliating 5-0 joint defeat in the Champions League 2014 semi-final when Guardiola was in charge of Bayern.
& # 39; He asked me to be submerged … he is not hurt & # 39 ;: Pep Guardiola insists that Aymeric Laporte will be fit to tackle Real Madrid – because he reveals that the defender came to Leicester because he struggled with their pointed!
- After 57 minutes, Aymeric Laporte was replaced by defender Nicolas Otamendi
- It was his third appearance since his return from a long resignation with a knee injury
- Pep Guardiola said there was no fresh injury problem for the Frenchman
- But the pace of Leicester's attack was a severe test for a player finds his rhythm
Laporte was replaced by Nicolas Otamendi after 57 minutes of Saturday's game, his third appearance since his return from a long resignation with a knee injury.
Guardiola said there was no fresh injury problem for the Frenchman, but the pace of Leicester's attack was a tough test for a player who is still rediscovering his rhythm.
& # 39; He asked me to immerse, & said Guardiola. & # 39; He is not injured. We must not forget that he was injured for four or five months. They run a lot, (Jamie) Vardy, Kelechi (Iheanacho), (Harvey) Barnes, they are all so fast.
& # 39; It was very different to West Ham (on Wednesday) where they were only one striker so it was easier to check, but it's OK. & # 39;
Asked if Laporte was ready to play the full game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Guardiola simply said: & # 39; Yes & # 39 ;.
Laporte has made a gradual return to knee injury action against Brighton on August 31.
He played 78 minutes against Sheffield United on January 21, but then did not appear again until Wednesday's 2-0 win over West Ham, which completes 65 minutes in the Etihad.
The city has not conceded a goal while Laporte is back in action and Guardiola wants his best defender to pitch for as long as possible against Madrid.
But for everything he did to strengthen the defense of City, Laporte was almost guilty of giving Leicester the opening goal on Saturday night, with his loose pass that allowed Youri Tielemans to play in Jamie Vardy only for the former English man to see his shot come back after just eight minutes.
Vardy started the season in electric form, scoring 17 goals for Christmas, including a series of nets in eight consecutive games between October 19 and December 8, but he has not scored since the 3-1 loss of Leicester against City in the Etihad on December 19.
Brendan Rodgers was one of those who were convinced that it had changed when Vardy initially got his shot past Ederson, raising his arms before he saw the ball hit upright.
& # 39; It was a great pass, a great run, great everything, & Rodgers said. & # 39; It was classic Jamie. He has done everything well, crossed the keeper and with a bit of luck hitting the post and going in and it is another start of the game.
& # 39; He threatened all night, he and Kelechi (Iheanacho) and then Harvey (Barnes). They were a constant threat and the defenders of Man City knew they could not rest. & # 39;
How Pep Guardiola fell victim to Zinedine Zidane when France defeated Spain in the Euro 2000 quarterfinals
- Pep Guardiola & Manchester's face Zinedine Zidane & # 39 ; s Real Madrid in Europe
- However, Zidane & # 39; s France defeated Guardiola & # 39; s Spain in Euro 2000 quarterfinals
] Champions League final-16 clash will be the pair's first meeting as managers
Pep Guardiola has never Zinedine Zidane faced as a rival manager, but the legendary Frenchman broke his heart as a player.
His best shot hit Euro 2000 when a strong Spanish team led by Raul was considered dark horses. Guardiola, then 29, played in midfield while Spain reached Group C before he met France and peak Zidane in the quarterfinals.
Zidane, a world cup winner two years earlier, achieved one of his best performances ever for Les Bleus.
He opened the score in Bruges with a stunning free kick and although Gaizka led Mendieta from the penalty spot, France went 2-1 after the winner of Youri Djorkaeff.
While a majestic Zizou was running the game, a heavily stopped Guardiola carved an increasingly frustrated figure and was booked for kicking out at Djorkaeff.
Raul missed a late penalty and while Guardiola and Zidane hugged each other at the last whistle, the Spaniard knew his last realistic chance had disappeared on an international trophy. He won his last cap the following year with injury, which prevented him from going to the 2002 World Cup.
The curse of Zidane struck again for Guardiola in 2014. Zidane was part of the coaching staff of Carlo Ancelotti when they beat Pep & # 39; s Bayern team [4-0] in Munich for the semi-final victory of the Champions League with 5-0.
Guardiola has never won the biggest prize in Europe with Bayern. He hopes for the third time against Zidane when Real Madrid meets Manchester City this week.
Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola united in condemnation of & # 39; staggering & # 39; and & # 39; weird & # 39; VAR after Man City is punished for handball, while Leicester is refused one for a similar incident on a frustrating night
- Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were both furious at VAR on Saturday
- Leicester did not get a fine despite Kevin de Bruyne clearly dealing with
- Manchester City got one for a similar offense as the Belgian one
- Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score the winner for City at the King Power
Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were united in the conviction of VAR on Saturday evening after more controversy at The King Power.
He called the current situation & # 39; staggering & # 39 ;, while Guardiola described some of this season's decisions as & # 39; weird & # 39 ;.
There were three flash points in the 1-0 win of Manchester City. De Bruyne was not penalized for blocking James Maddison's free kick with his hand, but Dennis Praet admitted a spot kick, missed by Sergio Aguero, when he blocked Ilkay Gundogan's shot.
In addition, Goalkeeper Ederson from Manchester City escaped after his thrust caught Kelechi Iheanacho in the head, making the Leicester striker grubby and unable to return for the second half.
& # 39; We should have received a penalty against De Bruyne, absolutely clear, & # 39; said Rodgers. "Theirs was also a punishment, we accept that, but it is this consistency that we are looking for.
" One of the reasons why VAR was introduced was to give the man the free kick took. Kevin had his arm raised. It hits the target. & # 39;
Rodgers previously criticized Stockley Park's decision to admit an error by not sending Giovanni Lo Celso & # 39; s from Tottenham while their game against Chelsea was still in progress.
& # 39; It is a little disturbing when it comes out during the competition. That is not the moment. I heard the apology that came into our game, and I find that astonishing, "Rodgers said.
On Iheanacho, he added," I have not seen a repeat, but the boys tell me he was in the throat. & # 39;
Although Guardiola was the beneficiary on Saturday, he admitted that VAR generally did not work as it should. & # 39; Maybe they can learn how to do it better, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The game against Chelsea. Harry Maguire was not sent away. Then Son is sent for Spurs (for the same attack of spades). It's weird. & # 39;
I don't think it is because the players are so expensive & Pep Guardiola excludes excessive Manchester City this summer as his first year £ 179m spree as a manager regrets inflation
- ] Pep Guardiola says that Manchester City spending will be much less this summer
- The city spent £ 179 million in Guardiola's first season but has a inflation complained
- Etihad club was hit with a biennial European ban on financial violations
City was hit with a two-year ban on European competition from UEFA last week for alleged breaches of the rules of Financial Fair Play.
When Guardiola first arrived at the club, City spent £ 179 million on players such as Leroy Sane, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan, but the Spaniard feels a much different story this summer.
Asked by Sky Sports News whether he thinks City & # 39; s summer transfer window will be as busy as when he first joined the Club came, Guardiola said: & I don't think so. I don't think so, because today it's so hard to change players because they're so expensive and it's not easy.
City director Ferran Soriano says that the allegations of financial misconduct are unfounded and that the club is expected to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to lift the ban.
Despite the ban, Guardiola recently confirmed his dedication to the club, and said the only way he will leave is if he is fired, even if they were forced to go to League Two as a further punishment.
DRAWINGS OF MANCHESTER CITY 2016/17
Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund, £ 21m)
Nolito (Celta Vigo, £ 14m)
Oleksandr Zinche nko (Ufa, £ 2m)
Leroy Sane (Schalke, £ 42m)
Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional, £ 4,5m)
Gerónimo Rulli (Deportivo Maldonado, £ 4m)
John Stones (Everton, £ 47m)
Pablo Marí (Gimnastic, £ 200,000)
Claudio Bravo (Barcelona, £ 17m)
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras, £ 27m )
TOTAL ANNUAL: £ 178.7m
& # 39; The club must (also) be sustainable, I fully understand and in the situation that we are inside we have to wait (not) anticipate. Our idea now of the situation with Financial Fair Play (is) when we appeal, added the 49-year-old.
& # 39; Now we have to wait. So we are going to play these three months and when the season is over we will see what the situation is. And together with the club we are going to decide what is best – not just for the next year, but for the next two, three, four years for the cub.
City was hit by European football body sanction for allegedly too high sponsorship income in its accounts and in break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016 would be. & # 39; moves away due to the appeal of European football, with stars such as Raheem Sterling linked to movements towards giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola fears that Real Madrid or Barcelona could offer for his best players this summer … but insists he doesn't worry about the & # 39; bet & # 39; of Raheem Sterling after the star praised the rivals before the Champions League draw
- Pep Guardiola says it is normal that Barcelona and Real Madrid want its players
- Guardiola says he has no idea if Madrid spoke to Raheem Sterling's agent
- The Spaniard is also adamant that he will see the rest of his contract
Sterling spoke glowingly about Real in an interview with the Spanish newspaper AS, suggesting that he would be open to moving to the Bernabeu.
& # 39; In the future, hopefully, who knows? & # 39; Sterling said when addressing the subject of a possible relocation.
I am always open to challenges, but my challenge is currently in Manchester City. I enjoy it right now, even if things didn't go completely according to plan. & # 39;
Guardiola City Manager is all too well off aware that interest from Real and Barcelona would be a problem – especially if the UEFA ban on the two-year Champions League were to cease following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
& # 39; Barca and Real Madrid are perhaps the strongest and most powerful teams in history. That is normal and I fully understand, "Guardiola said.
" But at the same point you see Raheem's commitment every day when we arrive. He is one of the best players in the world. It is normal for large clubs to see his desire for the team.
& # 39; I do not know whether Madrid or Barcelona called his agent, but I do not doubt his commitment. & # 39;
Guardiola has always maintained that he will view his own contract at Etihad Stadium, which runs until the end of next season.
The Catalan suggested that he sit down with President Khaldoon Al Mubarak as soon as this summer to plan the future.
& # 39; We have a good relationship, so I think it will not be a problem to understand both sides if we decide to stay another three years or (just) stay in the time that we have agreed together, "added Guardiola.
& I do not regret the decision that we have taken together and I want to finish this contract and then we will see it. & # 39;
City visit Leiceste r on Saturday, and Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers expressed confidence that he could make a permanent place with the English football elite.
& # 39; We don't have the resources of those teams that are supposed to be up there, & he said. "But we want to find a way through good coaching and management and by developing players."
& # 39; I cannot change what people think & # 39 ;: Pep Guardiola insists that a two-year Champions League ban for FFP infringements does not affect the performance of Manchester City
- Manchester City has been criticized for & # 39; serious breaches of FFP regulations
- Pep Guardiola insists that the success of the city will not be undermined by judgment
- City speaks a two-year Champions League to ban at the Court of Arbitration for sport
The Premier League champions have lifted five of the last six domestic trophies, but encountered sharp criticisms after & # 39; serious offenses & # 39; on the rules of Financial Fair Play.
Guardiola insisted that this does not affect the recent successes of City and that he cannot change the judgment from outside the club prior to an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
& # 39; I can't change what people think, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I know how hard we have worked and am so proud of what we have done in recent years. Nobody helped us from outside.
We have worked incredibly well every day, every competition. Nothing is going to change. It is not yet ready, it is not over yet, and we will see what happens. & # 39;
Guardiola, hoping to get David Silva fit for Saturday's trip to Leicester City, seemed relaxed about an interview with Raheem Sterling published in Spain
Sterling praised Real Madrid and posed for a photo with the shirts of both clubs before the European date of next week.
& # 39; The players are free to talk and say what they believe, think what they believe, & # 39; said Guardiola. & # 39; We are not here to tell them what to say. It is normal that if you do an interview with the Madrid media to talk about Madrid.
& I am absolutely sure of the commitment of our players. They have shown it for years, nothing has changed. We are going to decide what we do with the club and players. I have no doubt about the rest of the season. & # 39;
City runs into scorer Jamie Vardy at King Power Stadium and Guardiola sets the ball forward as one of the best on the continent.
& # 39; We play 40 meters in front and it's perfect for him, & # 39; Guardiola joked. & # 39; Jamie Vardy scored goals against us, but against all teams. The last third is exceptional, one of the best strikers I have ever seen with his movement. & # 39;
& # 39; One of the best strikers I've seen & # 39 ;: Pep Guardiola greets Jamie Vardy while the Manchester City boss insists the Leicester striker is there with Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero
- View of Manchester City Leicester at King Power Stadium on Saturday night
- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in 10 games against City
- Pep Guardiola was very compliment on Leicester, who is third in the table
- Guardiola worked with Lionel Messi in Barcelona and has Sergio Aguero
Pep Guardiola has praised Jamie Vardy as & # 39; one of the best strikers & # 39; he saw.
Manchester City faces Leicester at King Power Stadium on Saturday night and Vardy has in the past proved to be a nuisance to Guardiola.
At his press conference prior to the game on Friday, asked why Vardy thrives against City, Guardiola said: "We play 40 meters in front so it's perfect for him."
& Vardy scores goals against us and all teams. Because even in the box and in the last third, he is one of the best attackers I have ever seen.
& # 39; Intensity and high pressure, many things he is an exceptional player. & # 39;
The Leicester striker has scored six goals in 10 games against City – only Liverpool and Arsenal have admitted Vardy more goals.
Guardiola has worked with Lionel Messi in Barcelona and Sergio Aguero in his state in City, so it was very much praised by the City boss.
The Spanish boss was also very enthusiastic about Leicester as a whole, who sits third in the Premier League table.
& # 39; I said before the home game how impressing I am (with Leicester).
& # 39; They have an incredible organization, good scouting, they know what to do.
& # 39; It's nice to see teams play like this. It is good for English football to have such managers. & # 39;