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Pep Guardiola warns Bayern Munich stars

Guardiola wants his players to follow his instructions (©GettyImages)
Guardiola wants his players to follow his instructions (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players that they will be dropped unless they listen to his instructions.

The former Barcelona boss, who took over from the retired Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena this summer, has made it clear that any of his players who fail to carry out their duties on the pitch will be relegated to the bench.

"I am convinced that we will get better when all players are fit," the 42-year-old said in an interview with Bayern Magazine. "But we will only fight for titles at the end of the season if every player in this excellent squad accepts my decisions. Otherwise we'll have problems.

"I am a great friend of my players when they accept what I say. Whoever accepts my decisions I support, but whoever does not want to understand will often sit on the bench.

"I say again and again: we need every one of our players. And therefore I'll be happy when all of them are available."

The Bayern Munich players may have won an historic treble last season, but that doesn't mean Guardiola hasn't identified room for improvement.

The reigning European champions have started well under the ex-Barca boss, who won 16 trophies during his remarkable four-year spell at the Camp Nou, winning 10 of their opening 14 matches in all competitions.

Bayern currently sit top of the Bundesliga table after taking 20 points from their opening eight matches, while they hammered Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in their second group stage match of the 2013/14 Champions League campaign.

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