No one was more
surprised than me when Pep Guardiola announced that he would be
taking over the reins at Bayern Munich next summer.
Well when I say no
one perhaps there is one man who was more surprised than me, and that
is Chelsea owner Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich who probably
had Pep lined up for the job at Stamford Bridge.
I was so sure that
after all the backroom moves that have been taking place these last
six months that Guardiola would be on his way to the Etihad to turn
the Eastland’s team into another all-conquering Barcelona.
I had visions of Pep
there on the sidelines wearing his familiar black suit and skinny tie
as he shouted instructions to the likes of Luis Suarez and the other
world class players he would have brought in over the summer to
ensure that the Qatari owned club would win the Champions League.
Yet while everyone
and especially the British tabloids were sure that Guardiola would be
coming to the Premiership for what I would have thought to have been
a lot more money than Bayern Munich would have been willing to pay he
goes and surprises everyone by going to Bayern Munich.
Many of the pundits
are calling this a soft option for the former Barca man, and while I
conceive it as being that also there are other considerations to take
into account such as being at the whim of a billionaire manager who
could fire you just as he did to Roberto Di Matteo the manager that
won the Champions League for Chelsea.
At Manchester City
he would have been forced to sell some of their prima donnas and
bring in his own players to create the type of team that plays the
style of football that we all pay so much money to watch
No! Both of the big
spending clubs would come with not only problems, but a lot of
pressure for the 41-year-old Spaniard so instead he chose Bayern
Munich I think primarily for the clubs stability playing in the
Bundesliga a much more relaxed League where they only play 34 matches
a season while also having a month long winter break.
You could also say
that Guardiola is catching a team, and a league on the way up reaping
the rewards of solid financial management these last ten years since
Borussia Dortmund’s melt down he also will inherit one of the most
modern and best stadiums in Europe in the Allianz arena with a
capacity of 71,000.
More importantly for
everyone and also for Guardiola decision to go to Bayern Munich was a
ready-made team capable of winning the Champions League his first
season in charge, when you see the players you know he probably made
the right decision.
Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez, Bastian
Schweinsteiger, Mario Mandzukic, Mario Gomez and Arjen