Pep Guardiola's stubborn tactics halted Bayern Munich's progress in Europe

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So a three-year tenure will end in July this summer and the much-coveted Pep Guardiola will leave without winning the major European trophy that his spell as Bayern Munich manager can only be judged on, unless a UEFA Super Cup is what the hierarchy wanted.

Yes, they will lift their third-straight league title, yes, they might go on to lift their second DFB Pokal (German Cup) in three years, but they've also been eliminated at the semi-final stage of Europe's elite competition three years in a row.

Throw in the fact that Spanish teams have also eliminated the Bavarians on those three occasions and you have to wonder how, prior to his arrival, the Champions League final was contested by two German sides that happened to both knock out Spanish opposition in the previous round.


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Munich have since taken Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski out of that Borussia Dortmund side so their demise is understandable but what's Guardiola's excuse?

There isn't one, it's his inability to change when it matters. The Spaniard may have similar possession numbers to when he was in charge of Barcelona but they had the cutting edge, more often than not, to go with it and he's refused to go back on that style even though, when it comes to the big tussles, Bayern are not cutting it in the mammoth ties.

This season, Atletico had 26% of the ball in the first tie and 30.5% in the second. Go back to last year and the figures are less significant but they still enjoyed an advantage over his former club Barcelona when losing out.

However, when you go back one more year to the hammering from Real Madrid, the Spanish side had 28% and 31% respectively. So is the supposed 'tactical genius' not so tactical after all? Let's face it, he didn't change in any of those games and he lost them all over two legs.

When he goes to Manchester City in the summer he's not going to have the luxury of managing a side that possess far greater tools than the rest of the competition. City have currently got the best squad, on paper, in the Premier League but they'll be closely followed by a number of others and there isn't much chance of them building up an unassailable lead in England's top division.

Also, based on this season, they're going to be the third or fourth best side in the league so he's not going to have it all his own way and will be lining up his players against sides that can potentially beat them week-in-week-out. Add into the mix that English sides are not as strong in Europe currently and he might well find himself having to do the countering, rather than vice-versa, his record would suggest he doesn't have the flexibility to use such a strategy.

When the Bavarians hired him it was under the impression that he could provide them with European success as he had done with Barcelona, winning the competition twice.

The Etihad hierarchy had the exact same thing in mind, yet the man they're letting go has taken them further than they have ever gone before and the supposed 'Messiah' could, yet again, fail to build on it.

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