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Pep Guardiola: The wrong man to replace Heynckes

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Guardiola has big boots to fill at Bayern Munich (©GettyImages)
Guardiola has big boots to fill at Bayern Munich (©GettyImages).

Pep Guardiola has huge shoes to fill at Bayern Munich. He's taking over Jupp Heynckes - a man who led the Bavarians to a treble, playing some quite brilliant football. 

Heynckes implemented an attacking style that was built on a brilliant team ethic and fitness, which enabled his side to have a defence that rarely conceded goals. 

In two games, against Guardiola's old club Barcelona, Bayern kept clean-sheets on both occasions and were comfortable against the Spaniards as they ran out 7-0 aggregate winners. 

Guardiola's Barcelona was notable for having an achilles heel for letting in goals from set pieces or aerial situations.

The signing of Mario Gotze from rivals Borussia Dortmund suggests that a reshape, of an already extremely successful midfield, is in order at Bayern.

However, how can Gotze fit into Bayern's new system under Guardiola? 

Bayern already have mass strength in their midfield and forward line - the likes of  Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez  struggle to even make the team, despite their proven pedigree and reputation.  

The emergence of Toni Kroos and Mario Mandzukic has meant that competition for places at Bayern are great. So what can he improve?

Arguably Bayern's style is more entertaining than Barcelona's 'pass, pass, pass, pass to Messi, score.'

It is based on the team, where everybody is just as important and everyone works for each-other, where no-one is the star man.  

I believe that both Bayern and Guardiola have made a mistake, with Guardiola only able to damage his inflated reputation, and Bayern missing a trick by failing to keep the unbelievably successful Jupp Heynckes. 

 

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