The Germany international goalkeeper heaps praise on the former Barcelona boss for the way in which he has seamlessly developed the treble-winners' style of play this seasonManuel Neuer says that Bayern Munich are lucky to have Pep Guardiola, arguing that the Catalan coach has made the Bavarians better this season.
When he arrived at the Allianz Arena last summer, the former Barcelona boss had the unenviable task of trying to improve a side who had just completed a treble.
However, Bayern took a significant step towards successfully defending their three titles by winning the Bundesliga on Tuesday with a record seven games to spare, one more than their margin of triumph last season, and Neuer says that the improvement has been beyond expectation.
"We know he is a great coach," the keeper told Sky, "and, of course, we picked up momentum from the treble win; you clearly have to say that.
"But nobody expected that it would continue so seamlessly. We are happy to have this coach and he develops us."
Winger Arjen Robben is now looking forward to enjoying the benefits of wrapping up the title before the end of March- namely, a couple of days off to celebrate their success.
"I don't know what follows now," the Dutchman mused. "We will see. If [Bastian Schweinsteiger] plans a party, he usually does that well. There will be a beer shower!"
After concluding their title celebrations, Bayern will have to quickly turn their attentions to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United.