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It can get even worse for Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was left red-faced after Atletico Madrid pipped Bayern Munich to progress to the Champions League final this season. Prior to the game, Guardiola had made strong claims guaranteeing Bayern’s win however, Atletico’s dogged defense ended up being the greater force and instead knocked Bayern out of the competition.

Since the defeat, experts have critically analyzed Guardiola’s work with Bayern Munich and it does not present a good reading. Given their squad strength, winning Bundesliga or DFB Pokal is a given for Bayern with Champions League being the true measurement of success.

Under Guardiola, Bayern have been knocked out at semifinal stage for three seasons in a row and largely the reason was down to Pep’s urge to tweak his team. Last season at Camp Nou, Pep played a 3-man defense which backfired while in the first leg against Atletico Madrid, Guardiola rested his key attacker Thomas Muller.

In the end, Muller’s absence led to lack of goals and subsequently Bayern were knocked out on away goal rule despite leveling the tie at 2-2. Following the European exit, Bayern have to fend off Borussia Dortmund, who are just 5 points behind in race for Bundesliga title with only 4 games remaining in the season.

It should be an easy task for Bayern, however, if they fail to win the league title it will be nothing short of catastrophe for the former Barcelona manager.

It can get even worse for Pep Guardiola
  Time for Pep to prove his mettle without Lionel Messi

Meanwhile we all know Pep has agreed to take over at Manchester City next season and expects to fulfill his ambition of winning Champions League trophy with a different team other than Barcelona.

Pep must have followed City’s progression this season and he must be aware of how The Citizens are sweating for a top-4 finish this season. Manchester United are just 4 points behind their rivals with a game in hand.

Manuel Pellegrini has not hesitated from resting players given his own European aspirations. With City yet to play against Arsenal, Man United can indeed pip them for the fourth spot and turn Guardiola’s Etihad adventure in to a nightmare even before his arrival.

A manager of his pedigree, Pep prides on headlining major tournaments and if City fail to reach Champions League next season it will be the worse possible start for Guardiola’s time with Manchester City.

Another fascinating aspect with Guardiola’s arrival to Premier League is the possibility of re-igniting his feud with two of his fiercest rivals – Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, who will not allow Guardiola to settle in England.

Given the difference in Pep Guardiola’s management style and English Football’s demands, no one is quite sure if Pep will be an instant success in Premier League. It promises to be the most difficult time for one of the most decorated managers in modern football.

Perhaps now is the time when Pep can either assert himself as one of the all time greats or he will go down in history as a manager who was made great by the efforts of a certain player named Lionel Messi.

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