Guardiola: Trophies not all that matter

The former Barcelona manager is adamant that lifting titles is not the most important part of his job as improving players gives him greater satisfaction than winning medals
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that he cares more about improving his players than about winning silverware.

The 42-year-old guided Barcelona to 14 trophies during his four-year spell in charge of the Catalans to become one of the most successful coaches in history.

However, the former Spain international midfielder has stressed that improving individual players is a bigger incentive to him than celebrating trophies.

"Winning titles is obviously nice, but that's not what it's all about in the end," Guardiola told reporters.

"What matters to me is that your players tell you at some point: 'Coach, you have really helped me become a better player. I have learned a lot from you'. That's what makes me happy."

Guardiola replaced Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach this summer after a one-year sabbatical following his Barcelona departure in 2012.

The new Bayern boss won his first trophy at the Allianz Arena with a 2-1 triumph over Manchester City in the pre-season Audi Cup tournament on Thursday.