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Bayern looks to Guardiola’s ‘new generation’

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Pep Guardiola.— PHOTO: AP
Pep Guardiola.— PHOTO: AP

Pep Guardiola will give his first press conference as Bayern Munich coach next Monday with the ex-Barcelona boss having been declared the right man to lead the Champions League winners’ new generation by the coach he replaces.

Jupp Heynckes stood down as Bayern coach at the start of June having steered the Bavarian giants to an historic treble, becoming the first German club to win the league, cup and European titles in the same season.

Not even the great Bayern team of the 1970s matched the feat when it won three European Cup titles in consecutive seasons from 1974-76.

Munich has reached the Champions League final three times in the last four seasons and Heynckes is backing Guardiola to build on Bayern’s success, insisting the Spaniard’s appointment is the “right decision for a new generation”.

“I wish Guardiola the very best and lots of success, because his team was mine,” said the 68-year-old Heynckes, 26 years Guardiola’s senior.

“I would be happy if Bayern win the Bundesliga and the Champions League again.”

Having won 14 titles, out of a possible 19, in four seasons at Barcelona, this will be Guardiola’s first appointment after a year’s break with his family in New York, where, according to his brother, he has been learning German diligently.

First press conference

Bayern has stressed Monday’s opening press conference at Munich’s Allianz Arena will be in German with Guardiola set to show off his hard-earned language skills from the start.

“Pep’s done it like he always does things, obsessively. Four hours, every day, like a madman,” his brother Pere Guardiola told magazine Spiegel , revealing how a German tutor was at the Spaniard’s side on a recent trip to Europe. — AFP

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