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Pep Talk: Four titles not bad for first season

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After clinching the fourth trophy of their campaign with the 2-0 DFB-Pokal title over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took the chance to reflect on his first season in Germany insisting there is more to come from his side.

After winning the UEFA Super Cup and the World Club Cup, Bayern then went on to secure the Bundesliga in record breaking time before Saturday’s final addition brought the trophy tally to four for the season.

Whilst four trophies would amount to an outstanding season for just about anyone else, Guardiola had the unenviable task of following Jupp Heynckes historic treble success which included the Champions League and despite failing to match the accomplishments of his predecessor the former Barcelona coach was pleased with the season’s efforts:

"This was a very difficult year for me, my first in Germany. So four titles is good," Guardiola said after the 2-0 victory. 

"My German is not that good yet and to succeed Jupp Heynckes after his success was a challenge but four titles are not bad."

"When a team wins the league title then it is already a good season," he added.

"But we are happy to have achieved this season. The German Cup was a big title."

Despite such overwhelming success Guardiola has come in form some criticism of late as Bayern stuttered after securing the Bundesliga title, losing two of their last seven games having avoided defeat all season up to the point of winning the league.

After edging past a below par Manchester United side in the quarter-finals of the Champions League Bayern then suffered a humbling 5-0 defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, which included a 4-0 home defeat in the second leg:

"It was justified criticism," said the former Barcelona coach.

"It was things I did that I should not have done. The criticism for the game against Real was also justified but it is part of the work I do."

Having achieved so much in his first season at the Allianz Arena the Spaniard insists that there is more to come from the German outfit once he has fully imposed his character on the team:

"We have to keep working. There is much work left to do," he said.

"I still have not managed to form the team according to my vision. It is after all my first year."

The addition of Robert Lewandowski from Dortmund is sure to strengthen Bayern next season and it appears there will be no resting on laurels in Bavaria.

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