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Messi: Pep Guardiola will succeed at Bayern Munich

Messi has tipped Guardiola to be a success at Bayern (©GettyImages)
Messi has tipped Guardiola to be a success at Bayern (©GettyImages).

Lionel Messi believes his former manager Pep Guardiola will be a success at Bayern Munich. 

The Argentine stressed that Guardiola is the perfect man to look after the German champions next season.

Messi told reporters: "He will succeed at Bayern.

“He will succeed anywhere he goes because his understanding and reading of the game is like nobody else's."

Messi also showed his respect for former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard, who won the UEFA Champions League with the Catalans in 2006.

The 25-year-old explained that it was the Dutch icon who pushed him to become who he is now, as he had a lot of confidence in him.

“He [Rijkaard] was the one who believed in me when I was 17,” he said.

Messi added that working under Rikjaard marked one of the most important moments of his life, even though he reached greater heights under Pep Guardiola.

"It was one of the most important times of my life working under him [Rikjaard], and Pep told me I was the best player he has ever coached.”

Barcelona went through a remarkable transition after the departure of Rikjaard from the club. The Blaugrana – who were undeniably struggling in 2008 – happened to transform themselves in Europe’s fiercest side, snatching a maximum of six titles in 2009 under Guardiola.

Barca made visible efforts to maintain their form in 2010, but it was 2011 that proved to be yet another wonderful year for them, as they won the Champions League after defeating Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Since then, there have been increasing signs of inconsistency within the club, with the appointment of Tito Vilanova having little effect over the team’s situation.

Now, Barcelona are keen on spending in the transfer market this summer, so as to alter their squad ahead of next season, and Messi believes the acquisition of Neymar would be a good step to revitalise the front line.

"I do not know if he [Neymar] will end up at the club or not. However, it is true that he is a player who would bring a very different dimension to the team," he also told Qatar Alkass. 

"Of course, he would be a wonderful addition."

 

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