Bayern set for more success with Guardiola, says Netzer

The former Borussia Monchengladbach star is certain that the Spaniard's arrival in Bavaria will not risk destabilising last season's treble winners but rather another dimension
Gunter Netzer has expressed his confidence that Bayern Munich will thrive under coach Pep Guardiola.

Die Roten ended last season with Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League wins but now face a new era with the former Barcelona boss having replaced Jupp Heynckes at the club.

Despite losing 4-2 to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup, Netzer believes that it is impossible to look beyond the Bavarians in terms of this season's league title and added that Guardiola will adapt seamlessly into his new role.

"BVB will be the biggest enemy [for Bayern] but I do not see anyone else who can match them," the 68-year-old told Bild.

"Bayern have a bench and a coach as they've never had in the history of the club. This enables them to achieve consistent great success. Therefore, I see Bayern this year in front.

"There is nothing called into question [by Guardiola's appointment]. The players have to deal with their new boss and to meet new requirements, which are not just one-sided, but very diverse.

"The Bayern professionals are being called upon in a fashion as they have perhaps never been required to before.

"Guardiola is trying out his ideas and even some of the players are surprised. That's just his way to lead a team: full of surprises.

"But in the end will be a working system. For Guardiola is not against the will of the players. He will use them according to their abilities and talents."

Netzer also urged Borussia Dortmund to retain an amicable relationship with Robert Lewandowski, himself a Bayern target, seeing it as essential if they are to remain competitive.

"Lewandowski has an enormous importance for the club and I appreciate him very much," Netzer continued.

"Dortmund need him to seriously pursue the Bavarians. I therefore expect him to behave professionally and to remember his contractual commitment that it has entered into when he signed for BVB.

"Threats of refusal to work are misplaced. He has to accept the reality and that reality is Borussia Dortmund."

Bayern kick off their Bundesliga campaign against Monchengladbach on August 9.