Josep Guardiola, who made his reputation as a very successful manager at Barcelona, will be hoping for victory as his current side Bayern Munich take on Manchester City tonight.
After staying away from the benches for a year, the former Catalans manager decided to take over the German side.
A difficult task if you consider that Bayern were coming off a tremendous season winning the title both in German Bundesliga and DFB Cup (the German Cup) and at the same time winning the title in UEFA Champions League with Jupp Heynckes as manager.
Since then there have mixed feeling about Guardiola. The majority of the fans was very pleased from his arrival at the club and believed that their team, with his guidance, will establish its domination in European football for many years.
On the other hand there were a few that were worried and questioned the abilities of the manager claiming that his former team Barcelona maintained their high football standards even though Guardiola left the club.
They stated that with a squad like the one of Barcelona's and the participation of any manager was unnecessary and therefore Guardiola had a small part in the team’s development. These complaints were increased after the not so good start of Bayern Munich at this season’s Bundesliga with Guardiola sitting at the bench.
The results may have been satisfying with six wins and one draw in seven matches but team’s performance is nowhere to the expected standards at the start of the season. So this is a great opportunity for Guardiola and his team to show that they are working towards something good and at the same time get back the faith of the fans that started to question the capabilities of this season’s squad.
They are facing Manchester City a team full of potential with an extraordinary squad but with very little European experience, a team that still struggles to find its way, a team that is adjusting to the plans of their new coach, Manuel Pellegrini, after the departure of Roberto Mancini and finally a team that probably will not have available their big star, Sergio “Kun” Aguero, and is coming off a tough defeat in last weekend’s league match against Aston Vila.
So a big chance ahead, will it be met with success or the complaints will grow even more?
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