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Bayern Munich's new head coach Josep Guardiola visits the team dressing room inside the Allianz Arena. Picture credit: Alexander Hassenstein / GETTY IMAGES

Bayern Munich's new head coach Josep Guardiola visits the team dressing room inside the Allianz Arena. Picture credit: Alexander Hassenstein / GETTY IMAGES

Bayern Munich's new head coach Josep Guardiola visits the team dressing room inside the Allianz Arena. Picture credit: Alexander Hassenstein / GETTY IMAGES

PEP GUARDIOLA lived up to his reputation for meticulous preparation by demonstrating an excellent early command of German in his first press conference as Bayern Munich's new coach.

However, his commitment to studying a new language, and strict orders from his personal tutor, prevented him from getting to know his new club more than he already does.

"My teacher's a Borussia Dortmund fan so she wouldn't let me come over to see them," he joked when asked if his decision not to attend any of Bayern's games last season was out of respect for his predecessor Jupp Heynckes.

The 42-year-old has been following the Bundesliga closely from his New York apartment during a one-year sabbatical.

"I need more time to get to know the Bundesliga perfectly, but during the year in New York, I saw all the games each weekend, above all Bayern's ones," he said.

Although Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who took his place next to Guardiola, assured the new coach that he will be given time to settle in, the Catalan knows he will be judged by results.

"That's because I'm at Bayern and they've just won all the titles and the expectations are high," he said. "But the fans who come to the stadium are not coming to see me, they are coming to see the players."


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