Bayern Munich legend slams Pep Guardiola

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Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has publicly criticised Pep Guardiola for leaving the club.

Earlier this week, Guardiola agreed on a three-year contract to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, however, Matthaus was far from impressed.

Germany's World Cup-winning captain from 1990 seemed highly disappointed by Guardiola's lack of loyalty, with the manager's departure set to come within three years of signing for the German champions.


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"Perhaps he wanted a new challenge," Matthaus told Sky Sports. "Of course I can understand Pep - his salary must be insane. And he wants to experience something new - despite the fact that he already had the best team in Europe.

"Bayern fulfilled every wish, no matter what Guardiola wanted: the players, the coaches and even the doctors. He caused much disturbance off the field. But he is one of the best coaches on the planet. With the amount of money in circulation, I can understand Pep.

"I am one of his critics, but I would have loved to see him in Munich for a longer time. He was always interesting and entertaining for the journalists. He improved the team in many areas, but on the other hand, he caused confusion, what many people didn't understand," added the former midfielder.

Success hinges on the Champions League

Since his arrival in Munich in 2013, Guardiola has led Bayern to successive Bundesliga titles, however, considering the strength of the squad, back-to-back semi-final defeats in the Champions League have proved to be highly disappointing.

Guardiola will be replaced himself by former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and though the latter's record in the Champions League could help Bayern regain the title they last won in 2013, Matthaus will not be the only one disappointed to see the Spaniard go.

"He should have signed another contract in Munich. He can work with a top team and the trust from the Bayern officials. But after his contract expired, he had every right to sign somewhere else."

With the league already near to a formality, Guardiola will be focussing his attention on progressing towards his third Champions League title when Bayern travel to Juventus on February 23.

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