6 Ways Pep Guardiola Will Turn Bayern Munich Into A Merciless Machine

pep On 16 January 2013 it was announced that one of the most sought after managers in modern football, Pep Guardiola, was to become manager of German giants Bayern Munich at the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Since this announcement, Bayern have gone on to seal the Bundesliga and reach the finals of both the Champions League and DFB-Pokal (the German interpretation of the FA Cup). Some may say that a squad that has been able to achieve so much whilst spending so little - in comparison to the likes of Sheikh-owned clubs such as PSG and Manchester City, anyway - are obviously doing something right. Thus, no changes need to be made, right? But when the likes of Pep Guardiola comes knocking and coach Jupp Heynckes informs that he will be retiring from football management at the end of the current campaign, the decision is a no-brainer. The young Spaniard will begin his 3-year contract with the club on 26 June. Here are some ways in which Guardiola can turn the 23-time German league champions Bayern Munich into an unstoppable force in world football.

6. Building On Heynckes' Foundations

jupp The 68-year old Jupp Heynckes has managed to create a squad that is feared by all in world football. With a mixture of old dogs and young guns, Bayern have built a side that is arguably one of the greatest in the modern era - from the homebred Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos to the tried-and-tested Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer. This all means that big changes aren't necessary. Albeit there are holes in the side, the 20-point-and-counting gap that Bayern have built over 2nd placed Borussia Dortmund shows that these weaknesses do not dampen their performances. With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Javi Martinez and Dante brought in less than a year ago, Munich do not lack fresh meat. The likes of the aforementioned three in conjunction with Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro and tireless worker Mario Mandzukic shows the success of Heynckes' recent dealings, and the common feature between the five is how quickly they have been able to fit into the illustrious squad. Despite the strength and depth of talent that Guardiola has at his disposal, he may not settle with what he has. With the announcement of young German playmaker Mario Götze signing for the club for a reported £31.5million and several rumoured targets it is clear that the 42-year-old isn't shy to splash the cash and make some amendments.

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