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Can Pep Guardiola crack the European code for Bayern Munich?

Pep Guardiola was hired as the trainer of Bayern Munich last summer to fulfill one single purpose – to make the German giants the team to beat both domestically & in Europe. While the former is being achieved there is a long way to go if the latter target is to be made a reality. For most managers winning the domestic double in their first season at a club would amount to unqualified success. Add to that a couple of other trophies and the manager would be hailed as a miracle worker & would be talked about as a legend of the club. Pep Guardiola though is not your average run of the mill manager and Bayern Munich FC is not a normal club. The former Barcelona legend was hired by Bayern after the most successful season in their history when former trainer Jupp Heynckes led the club to an unprecedented treble. The expectation for Guardiola was therefore to not […] Read more »

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Bundesliga: Foals and Wolves Surge to the Top | Matchday 9

Matchday 9 in the Bundesliga served up two thrillers, one with no goals and the other with nine goals. Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg both asserted their positions as Bayern challengers, while VfB Stuttgart and Frankfurt gave their fans 90 minutes for the history books. Read more »

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AS Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich: Giallorossi Relive Old Trafford Nightmare

Roma were humiliated 7-1 on their home ground by Bayern Munich last night. In front of a sold out Olimpico, Rudi Garcia’s men were battered to pieces as Bayern Munich arguably produced their best display this season so far. The Bavarians romped to a 5 goal lead before half-time. Gervinho hit the post, forced a world-class save from Manuel Neuer and got a consolation but substitutes Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri completed the rout late in the second half. Pep Guardiola was modest after the win and felt the score-line was a bit flattering. “It seems a bit exaggerated! We found an early goal with Arjen that calmed us, then we pressed Roma to keep hold of the ball. We do it because we want the ball, not to irritate our opponents.” “We like to hold the ball and then probe to find where we can break through. We will see in two weeks in Munich that there is not […] Read more »

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Pep Guardiola Still Holds Roma Close To His Heart

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola admits that he still holds Roma close to his heart as he prepares to face them tonight. The Spanish midfielder spent the first half of 2002-2003 campaign in Rome and he revealed his affection for the Giallorossi. “With this Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, Italy is an extraordinary country,” Guardiola has explained in today’s Press conference. “I visit [Italy] often, as it is very similar to Catalonia’s culture of doing things.I have wonderful memories of the city and the club, as I lived there with my family. In the summer, I often come if I can. Brescia was also very important, and I learned a lot from Carletto Mazzone.” “I know how football lives in Rome, with such passion, and it’s why I’m glad to come back here.” Guardiola then spoke of his admiration for his former team-mate Francesco Totti. “If at age 38, you are playing like this, your passion is undeniable. He’s perfect for […] Read more »