Pep Guardiola has improved Bayern Munich image on the international scene

Former Bayern Munich president UliHoeness has stated that Pep Guardiola has turned the Bayern Munich team into a global player.


Hoeness was the president when Guardiola signed for the club. He said that the Spanish manager has helped the German team become an international brand and has been a success during his 3 years at the club. Guardiola will be leaving the club in the summer after having signed with Manchester City.

During his time at Bayern Munich, Guardiola has won the Bundesliga 4 times and won the Cup twice. His latest trophy came on Saturday when they beat Borussia Dortmund on penalty shootout. The only negative point on his Bayern Munich’s career is the fact that he could not win the Champions League with them. For three years consecutively, Bayern Munich has been eliminated at the semi-final stage.

Hoeness said that Bayern Munich was already a successful club before the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but he had added another dimension to the brand. He said that his arrival had once and for all turned Bayern Munich into a global player. Indeed, it is under Pep Guardiola that the club has successfully penetrated the United States and Chelsea thus growing their fan base.
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Matthias Sammer has warned Bayern Munich that they cannot relax

Bayern Munich’s director of sports Mathias Sammer has warned his players that they cannot relax in Portugal. He believes that a 1-0 advantage is not enough in the Champions League and that they will need to be on the guard against a Benfica team that can be dangerous at home.


Things started well for Bayern Munich in the first leg when they opened the scoring just after 2 minutes thanks to a goal from Arturo Vidal, but Benfica came back into the game. The Portuguese club played well in defence to restrict Bayern Munich to some long-range effort.

Bayern’s defender Martinez was keen to recognize that Benfica has a strong defence that plays a high pressing game making it difficult for them to build attacks. He believes that the Portuguese team is well-organised and that it will take something special to beat them.

However, Phillip Lahm believes that if they could score one goal in the match, then they should be able to qualify. Indeed, with Bayern leading 1-0, Benfica cannot afford to sit back. They will have to attack, and this could leave gaps at the back that the Bayern’s offensive players can exploit.
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Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to leave out Mario Gotze

Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to leave out Mario Gotze from the game against Cologne last weekend.

Bayern Munich could only manage a narrow 1-0 win in this away match, but it was all about three points for the reigning champions. There has been nervousness amongst Bayern Munich supporters in recent weeks due to Borussia Dortmund showing impeccable form. The arch rivals had closed the gap on Bayern Munich in recent weeks. However, Guardiola’s team have managed to extend the advantage back to 5 points following this victory.

Mario Gotze seemed like one of the big stars for the future at Bayern when he made the transfer from Dortmund in 2013. However, he has featured in just 12 matches this season. He does not seem to figure in the plans of Guardiola, who is set to depart at the end of the campaign.
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NEUER GIVEN A BREAK

Manuel Neuer will not stand between the sticks for Bayern Munich in their next game in Europe.

It’s Sven Ulreich who would probably discharge the goalkeeping duties when the Bundesliga Champions take on Dinamo Zagreb in a dead rubber.

Neuer, who is the best in the game at the moment as far as goalkeeping is concerned, has had a hectic last few months as he has appeared in all the league as well as European games that Munich has played in the ongoing season.

He had to be given a breather at some point of time and there could not have been a better opportunity than this for the Munich management to do that as they are in the playoffs already and there is nothing at stake for them in the Wednesday’s game.

And, due to the game not carrying too much of value, Pep Guardiola, the head coach, would perhaps not like risking Thiago Alcantara either.

Alcantara is coming back off a knee injury and although, he has been named in the touring party, Guardiola might leave him warming the bench only, considering how vital a role he has to play for the team going ahead in the season.

Alcantara has not been one of fittest players around in the circuit in the recent years.

It was because of the injury that he could appear in only 13 games for Munich the previous season.

He had to watch FIFA World Cup from the sidelines as well.

So, somebody who is so injury prone, to put him on the pitch prematurely would certainly not be a wise thing to do.

Munich’s next game after this Dinamo fixture would be against Ingolstadt 04 in the weekend. It would be a Bundesliga game.