Monday 5 December 2016

Pep Guardiola will improve any English team, says Bayern ace Robert Lewandowski

Published 01/02/2016 | 13:34

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes outgoing manager Pep Guardiola bring a wealth of experience to the Premier League after he was today confirmed as Manchester City's manager for next season.

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Last month the Spaniard confirmed he would be standing down as head coach at the end of the campaign after three successful years in the Bundesliga to pursue a career in England, and City confirmed today that Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced in the summer by the former Barcelona manager.

Guardiola is still hoping to lead Bayern Munich to domstic and European glory before he leaves this summer and one of his star players believes Guardiola has a huge amount to offer.

"I know Pep can improve a team in England," the Poland international told the Mail on Sunday. "I think he knows where he's going and he knows what he needs to do with the team he's going to, so that they play much better.

"He will focus on technique and perhaps more possession than is the norm in England. But Pep knows the Premier League is different from the Spanish league or the Bundesliga. I'm sure he can do something new in terms of tactics and technique."

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Guardiola took over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer of 2013 on a three-year contract and has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern, as well as the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

That haul is almost certainly going to be added to this season, complementing an impressive trophy collection that includes, among others, two Champions League and three Primera Division titles from his time at Barcelona.

Lewandowski, who was a key cog in last season's Bundesliga triumph, has already scored 17 goals in the league this term and is desperate to finish the campaign off in style.

"The first time I heard Pep's decision I thought it was a shame," added Lewandowski. "But after that, I knew I'd to come here to train and play and I'm sure we'll carry on in the same direction with Pep right to the end of the season. It's important for me to have a good second half of the season. And if we do win something then we will celebrate with Pep.

"Pep thinks about football 24 hours a day. He covers every angle to the smallest detail and he always demands 100 per cent in training and in games."

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