The Guardiola paradox: Pep’s glorious Bayern Munich failure

When Bayern Munich announced in January 2013 that Pep Guardiola would become the next permanent manager of the Bundesliga giants, it was very clear what his mission was.

The German giants had suffered somewhat of a culture shock in previous years, Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund having beaten them to the title in 2011-12 and 2012-13. That meant Bayern had won just one title, 2010-11, in the past four years, with Wolfsburg claiming a shock win in 2009-10.

They had not won the Champions League since 2001, suffering a painful loss on their home ground to Chelsea in the 2012 Final.

Guardiola was enlisted to change all that; to restore domestic dominance to Germany’s most successful club and to re-establish them as a European powerhouse, capable of winning the Champions League multiple times just like he had done at Barcelona.

Read the full article on Pep’s mix of success and failure at Bayern here.

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