Maradona: I'd love to work with Guardiola

The Argentina legend reveals his admiration for the record-breaking Bayern Munich coach, Germany captain Philipp Lahm and the entertainment value of the Bundesliga
Diego Maradona says that he would love to work with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and shadow him for a week at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday night after beating Hertha 3-1 and look well set for an attempt at repeating their treble-winning heroics of last season.

The Argentina legend is a big admirer of Guardiola's work and admits that he has been taken aback by the development of German football in recent years.

"I'd love to work a week with Guardiola and visit him at Bayern, watch him work. I'd like that," the 53-year-old told Sport Bild.

"Germany are as strong as ever and one of the favourites for the World Cup - that didn't change - but there is one difference: Today you can see great games in Germany.

"Football made a big step forward there. It's more entertaining and not only tackles and long balls anymore. German football is fun now."

Germany are among the favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil this summer but Maradona fears that the South American heat could be an issue, while praising the intelligence of their captain Philipp Lahm.

If they can't adapt to the climate, they'll just be a team like any other," he remarked.

"Lahm is the embodiment of German football. He can play both wings and in the centre. He distributes the balls and makes the diference."