Former Barca boss admits to different approach with new club.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he is not looking to bring his own style to the club after developing a highly successful footballing philosophy at his previous side Barcelona, Sky Sports reports.
The Spanish tactician became one of the most highly regarded managers in the game with his immense success in just four seasons with Barcelona, with the Catalan giants playing some superb attacking football as they swept home a highly impressive trophy haul.
However, Bayern have enjoyed tremendous success of their own with a treble win last season under previous manager Juup Heynckes, and Guardiola believes the Bundesliga giants are too big a club to copy others.
The 42-year-old believes he has to adapt to a different style and culture in Germany, and simply hopes to maintain the level of performances by Bayern as they dominated on the domestic and European scene last year.
“I don’t want to transform Bayern in a new Barca,” he is quoted as saying.
“The mentality is different, and the style, the environment, the culture, the players too. This club has won too much to copy others.
“I came here because I wanted to coach these players.
“Bayern Munich are bigger than my ideas. I have only to maintain last season’s level, of an unbeatable team that played in an incredible way.
“A coach must understand the qualities of his men and be able to take advantage of these.”
Guardiola’s side are currently top of the Bundesliga table, and continue to look like the best team in Europe at the moment with some excellent signings made during the summer to improve an already-impressive squad at the Allianz Arena.