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Guardiola has made huge changes at Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola leaves perfect platform for Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti

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One of the biggest talking points of the last week or so has been the future of Pep Guardiola. The Bayern Munich manager has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season after a three-year stay, with many tipping the Spaniard to finally embark on a Premier League adventure.

With Bayern already operating in their stereotypically efficient manner by revealing Carlo Ancelotti as Guardiola's successor, it seems the club will continue to progress under the Italian's leadership.

Throughout his tenure, Guardiola has built a team at Bayern which any manager would be more than grateful to inherit. They are one of, if not the most, feared team in Europe and despite a lack of European success in recent years, they have evolved considerably as a team.

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When Guardiola was appointed at Bayern he arrived at a rather inconvenient time. Jupp Heynckes had just achieved an historic treble and the club was in one of the finest positions in its illustrious history.

Nevertheless, the former Barcelona manager was able to deal with the pressure and while his honour list in Munich is not as he had hoped, he has improved the club considerably.

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The style of play he has brought to Bayern whilst managing their long list of star players is an admirable feat in itself. The tactics seem bizarre at times to the average football fan, but given the class of both the manager and players, they have worked.

Full-backs David Alaba and Philipp Lahm seem to have played almost every role in the team and epitomise the flexibility which Guardiola has introduced at the Allianz Arena.

The Spaniard has achieved domestic dominance with these bold tactics and has played some breathtaking football. Bayern have become a possession-based side combined with a ruthless edge going forward - a brutally effective recipe created by Guardiola.

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In what will be Guardiola's final campaign in Germany, further improvements have been made to this already impressive collection of players. Thiago Alcantara, despite some injury concerns, has begun to display his enormous talent with laser guided passes and exceptional ball control.

Douglas Costa has been fantastic since his summer arrival and further galvanised the Bavarians. His direct style of play and pace has added frightening dimensions to Bayern Munich, just ask Hector Bellerin.

The likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller seem to have truly taken to the philosophies in place this season and now find themselves in the form of their lives. Guardiola has created an animal in Munich which, if properly kept in check, could potentially rule over Europe for years to come.

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In Ancelotti, Bayern have the best man possible to keep this machine functioning correctly. The Italian has coached the best players in the game and is capable of adapting to a club's style.

By no means is he a 'yes man', but he is the type who will keep the players happy and motivated while allowing them the freedom to play.

Guardiola has done all he can at Bayern and his ambition is forcing him to take on another, perhaps more difficult, challenge.

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