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Guardiola was “a smart man” to snub Chelsea

Pep made the right choice, according to Hargreaves.  (©GettyImages)
Pep made the right choice, according to Hargreaves. (©GettyImages).

Pep Guardiola was a “smart man” to snub Chelsea and take over Bayern Munich, but could have a seriously difficult job on his hands.

That is according to former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who believes the Bavarians are probably the most well run club in European football.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was reportedly desperate to have Guardiola take over at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Guardiola was in seriously high demand after he indicated he wanted to return to management following his year-long sabbatical, which he took after stepping down at Barcelona.

Much of the English football press expressed surprise at the Spaniard’s decision to opt for Bayern Munich over Chelsea, but Hargreaves was not surprised in the least.

However, the former Bayern midfielder did warn that the possible domination of all competitions by Jupp Heynckes team this season could spell trouble for Guardiola.

“People asked me why he chose to go there, not Chelsea; well, he’s a smart man,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“If Bayern is not the best-run club in Europe, you would struggle to find a better one.

“But if they win the treble, what’s he going to do? It’s only downhill from there.

“You have to say they’re No 1. That team is as good as you’ll find, with a work ethic.

“I’d be shocked if they didn’t steam-roller everything over the next few years. The only issue is complacency.”

Bayern Munich have already won the Bundesliga in record-breaking time this season and they face domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday.

They also have a German Cup final against Stuttgart coming up, which they are expected to win without much fuss.

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