Hitzfeld: Guardiola a coach of real character

The former Roten boss has nothing but admiration and respect for the ex-Barcelona man and believes his devotion to learning German will be crucial to his success
Ottmar Hitzfeld has hailed new Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola for his "humility and commitment".

The current Switzerland boss, who spent a total of seven years in charge of the Bavarians, believes that his former employers have hired a man of impeccable character.

"I've met him at coaches' meetings," Hitzfeld revealed in an interview with Bild. "He is a very likeable fellow: open and honest, with a very respectful approach.

"And from his first appearance [as Bayern boss], he exemplified what he also requires of his players: a humility and commitment towards Bayern.

"That he already speaks German speaks volumes for his character. It is also a huge advantage, in order to be able to talk to players directly, but also understand the media.

"Others, such as [Giovanni] Trapattoni or [Nevio] Scala failed because they did not speak the language."

Guardiola has succeeded Jupp Heynckes at the helm of the Bavarians, after taking a year-long sabbatical from the game following a hugely successful four-season stint with Barcelona.