The beauty and the ball

The beauty and the ball

Pep finally makes up his mind!


How about that! Pep Guardiola has chosen his new team: Bayern Munich. We’ve waited anxiously for the news and heard rumor after rumor since his departure from Barcelona about the next stop for the man who was considered the best manager in the world and who led Barcelona to unparalleled success.

It wasn’t England nor Spain, much less any other league which is less competitive but which would offer exorbitant salaries to steal away the best of the best. In the end it was Germany and the Bundesliga, which has many quality teams and some of the highest level of play in the world.

At this point I won’t go into the controversy generated recently about whether it was wise for Pep to have chosen German soccer. On a personal level, I can’t see anything wrong with the choice.

To begin with, it is certain that Bayern will not adopt the same style that Pep’s Barcelona displayed; that of quick touches, frustrating the rival by not giving up possession and constructing intricate plays by circulating the ball all around the pitch. In Germany they prefer a more intense approach, although that is doesn’t mean they play bad.

He also won’t find players like Lionel Messi, who is a magician with the ball at his feet, capable of destabilizing any rival that he faces. He also won’t have one of the best midfielders and playmakers in the world, if not the best: Andrés Iniesta. He won’t be able to count on the experience, stability and leadership of men like Carles Puyol in defense or Xavi Hernández in the midfield.

What he will have, however, is a winning team dedicated to excellence, who likes to compete head to head with any opponent and which knows perfectly well what it means to fight for Champions League and league titles, undoubtedly making it among the greatest teams in Germany.

Guardiola will take charge of one of the best rosters in world of soccer filled with prodigious talents like goalie Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Mario Gomez, with which he will surely field a spirited team which will fight to the end.

Let’s not criticize, better to wait to see them in action. Let’s not ask, “Why not England?” He is the only one who knows the answer and with the wonderful lessons of soccer which he has given us in his short career as a trainer there is no reason to doubt him. I insist, these will be answered when the ball begins rolling for his new team with him as the conductor, and not before then.

I think Pep will create an interesting and ambitious project, which will help the team grow in every way and which will show what he is made of. Good move or not? Time will tell. In the mean time, what do you think?

Ines Sainz Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz is one of the most popular sports journalists in Latin America. She has covered major events worldwide.
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