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German legend hammers Guardiola approach

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has told SportBild that Pep Guardiola is egocentric when it comes to big games and that has held him back from being successful at Bayer Munich and City.

Despite winning 13 domestic titles at Bayern and City, including five league titles, he has not reached a Champions League final since leaving Barcelona.

And Matthaus has put that down to Guardiola’s ego, telling SportBild (via SportWitness)

“With Pep Guardiola I have the feeling that he always wants to do something special in big games.

“Barcelona had a DNA, a system he pulled through. Pep was successful there. With Bayern and City, he tried it over and over again with changes and failed again and again.

“He always wanted to show that he could do even better. I would like to tell him: Pep, you are a giant trainer – but please keep your system! I would describe it as egocentric: Yes, that’s a harsh word, but it is due to what he did: At Bayern, Robert Lewandowski even had to play left wing once. That did not work out at all.”

Pep Guardiola lifts the DFB Cup as Bayern Munich manager (Image: (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images))