Champions League title, or failure – Guardiola under pressure

Pep Guardiola has won the Bundesliga twice and the DFB-Pokal once. From Bayern’s point of view, it possible to think of the Bundesliga and the Pokal as useless. If you win the Bundesliga eight times in ten years, you would not be celebrating either. We all know what ambitions Pep Guardiola had when he came to Bayern. He wanted to infect Bayern with his football ideas, building his second Barcelona.

Did he succeed?

Partially, yes!

As Bayern’s system under Heynckes to Guardiola evolved, Bayern’s domination in the Bundesliga became overwhelming. In 2013, German football fans were celebrating the best and most exciting league in the world. However, the reality of the Pep-era, thanks to Guardiolas good work and the weakness of Borussia Dortmund, looks different. Bayern … nothing … then the others.
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He did not want Götze

But let us take a brief look at Bayern’s squad. Müller and Badstuber broke through with van Gaal, then Alaba and Kroos got their big chance under Heynckes. And Guardiola? The best talent in Germany – Mario Götze – only had one good scene in the last three years. He scored a goal as a substitute in the World Cup Final which made us believe that he had a good performance. But let’s face it, Götze failed in München.

Or in other words – Guardiola failed with the best German talent in the last couple of years.

He did not want to work with Götze in the first place. The list of talents who failed in München in the last three years is long: Mitchell Weiser, Julian Green, Patrick Weihrauch, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jan Kirchhoff, Diego Contento, Pierre Højbjerg, Lucas Scholl, Gianluca Gaudino. Instead of these youth players, he had other ideas with players like Juan Bernat, Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alcântara, Arturo Vidal, and Douglas Costa. They are all brilliant individuals. But the criticism that Pep wanted to “hispanize” Bayern are growing and getting meaner and meaner.

Lazy talents and a poisoned atmosphere?

It is a pity that the listed talents did not get a chance to make Bayern history, like Müller or Alaba. Even if some voices of the so called experts blame Guardiola, Badstuber backed his coach as he said that some talented players in the Bayern squad are simply too lazy. The truth why ambitious players do not play in Bayern maybe lies in the middle between being too lazy and Guardiola’s lack of will to include them. He must, no doubt, ask himself why Mario Götze failed.

The latest news reported about a harder line that Guardiola is establishing with his squad. The Spanish coach does not tolerate a certain lack of discipline anymore that seemed inconspicuous before. There even was a problem that some professional players were overweight. The social media directly reacted. Recently the Hashtag #dickeFußballer (fat/overweight footballers) was trendsetter for awhile. A mole from the FC Bayern squad even mentioned that “the atmosphere could explode” when all stars will be ready to be in the squad again. Guardiola knows that only one title will save his time and legacy at FC Bayern München.

A Champions League title.
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The “Henkelpott”

There is one last point that needs to be made. That is, the subject of desire. The Champions League. Pep Guardiola needs to win the Champions League. No, he must win the Champions League if he wants to be remembered at Bayern.

Two scenarios are possible.

#1. He wins the Champions League and all the so-called experts, journalists and anti-Guardiola-guys will be silenced.

#2. He doesn’t win the Champions League and everyone will simply repeat his critic’s talking-points.

The fate of three years will be determined in about three matches in April and May 2016.

Winning the Champions League is tough and you have to be near to perfection to reach this aim. The solution is easy. Guardiola wins the Champions League and he will enter the Bavarian Walhalla next to Heynckes, Hitzfeld, Lattek and Cramer. Guardiola will not win the Champions League and his three years at the side line of the Allianz Arena wear the labeled: Failed!

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Dennis Liedschulte

Dennis works as a journalist and author of fictional novels in Germany. He is a regular visitor of the German Bundesliga. He worked for several newspapers and online magazines and reports directly from Germany for bundesligafanatic.com. Follow at @NummerSieben7