Gunter Netzer: Bayern heritage won't intimidate Guardiola

The former Borussia Monchengladbach and Real Madrid midfielder believes the ex-Barcelona boss will be a success with die Roten despite the pressure of his new club's history

Former Germany international Gunter Netzer says he does not believe Pep Guardiola will feel under pressure to emulate Bayern Munich's past success in order to prove himself at the club.

The Bavarians are cruising towards a Bundesliga title, are in the last 16 of the Champions League and also remain in the DFB-Pokal.

But Netzer is adamant that, while the supporters will be enjoying the term under current coach Jupp Heynckes, Guardiola can begin a new era when he takes over in the summer.

"Anyone who believes that it is necessary for Pep Guardiola to replicate Bavaria's heritage is wrong," he told Bild.

"Bayern will be very happy with what they have achieved, but Guardiola will only deal with the here and now. He takes over in any case an intact team."

Netzer also spoke about the improvements that Borussia Dortmund have made and look forward to Wednesday's German Cup clash against the defending champions.

"All the conditions suggest that in Wednesday's cup quarter-final between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, we will experience a great festival of football.

"Therefore, it must be Bayern’s first task to stop the assault force and the wonderful combination of Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski.

"The fact that Bayern have failed to beat Dortmund in six matches is not a disaster in my eyes. It is an unpleasant side effect, it is in the minds of players but it does not matter, rather I see it as an extra incentive [for them] to reach the semi-finals."