After a historic treble last season under Jupp Heynckes, new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is expected to replicate and even somehow better last season's success. 

The former Barcelona coach led the Catalan side to unprecedented success with 14 titles in four years with, according to many, the "greatest team in history".

The team, which won the German league by a record 25 points in 2012/13, may not be the Champions come next may though - as many have predicted.

Guardiola may well be one of the best managers in world football and coach of the Champions League winners, but here are three reasons why his first season won't bring him a Bundesliga title.

1. The pressing game

Guardiola's Barcelona were the masters of the pressing game and the way he implemented this at Barcelona B is part of the reason why he won the first-team job.

The pressing game was introduced at the Camp Nou under Johan Cruyff in the late 1980's to early 90's and it was used by Guardiola, with a few decisive tweaks added in. This was one of the most complicated pressing tactics ever used in football.

The Catalan's game was complex, involving many different rules. For example, when a player was dispossessed he would have five seconds to try his hardest to win the ball back. 

If it wasn't won back in that time then he and his teammates would retreat and form a 10 man wall in which players would press their nearest man as the opposition advance.

That is just one example of a rule in the Barcelona pressing game. There were many more, making it a very complex system to learn and one which incoming players took a lot of time to pick up.

For that reason, players from La Masia were used a lot by Guardiola.

Journalist Simon Kuper says on the matter: "That's why most of the Barcelona side is homegrown. It's more a necessity than a choice."

Bayern's players are generally bought and not homegrown, nor have any of them ever played with this complex system before. It will take time for the new boss to get his players drilled on his pressing game. 

2. The language

Fabio Capello famously said that he only needed 100 words of English to coach the England national side. England later crashed out of the World Cup under his stewardship and the Italian is no longer the manager.

Guardiola impressed as spoke German at his unveiling press conference. His language skills, however, were understandably far from perfect.

That could present problems in the dressing room during his first season as he continues to learn the language.

Guardiola was used to communicating to a dressing room at the Camp Nou which was had a huge Spanish-speaking majority. His native Catalan was also an option when communicating one-on-one with fellow Catalans such as Xavi, Pique and Puyol.

He may struggle having lost that ease of communication. 

3. Borussia Dortmund

Watching the Champions League final, you could see that Dortmund are a challenge for any side. And that was even without Mario Götze - who will now be at Bayern Munich and was injured for the final.

Having kept sought-after manager Jürgen Klopp as well, the team in yellow will be pushing Bayern all the way and should mount a stronger challenge than last season.  

 

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