Pep Guardiola was certainly a magnificent coach with FC Barcelona, fitting in perfectly with the team's playing style. But was it Guardiola, or the players that won all those trophies in the short space of four years?

After all, let's not forget what a magnificent team Guardiola had to begin with. Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Carlos Puyol, Dani Alves and Gerard Pique were the sort of players that Guardiola had at the beginning of his reign. 

Given a team like that, probably even Sven-Goran Eriksson could have won a few titles. Yet, Barcelona didn't start their ruthless run of form until Guardiola came to take charge for one simple reason: he played a passing style of football that suited his squad to perfection.

Although Barcelona were always a good passing team, they didn't start playing tiki-taka football until Guardiola became their boss. 

This style suited the Barcelona team perfectly, as most of the central midfielders were expert passers, and the addition of Cesc Fabregas only bolstered their passing capabilities.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have never really been known for playing passing football. Even though they have certain players that know how to play defence-splitting through balls, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez, they also mix it up with individual play. 

Whenever the ball arrives at the feet of Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery, you can expect one of two things: a goal, or a goal-kick.

Guardiola has one of the biggest challenges of his career ahead of him. Despite taking charge of a team that is very different to Barcelona, there is one thing certain about his future: he will definitely win a trophy or two.

 

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