Bayern squad and history lured Guardiola

The Spaniard has explained his decision to make the move to the Allianz Arena side and is looking forward to a new challenge.
Pep Guardiola has revealed that Bayern Munich's rich history and the quality of the current squad were the main reasons for him accepting the Bavarians' offer.

The 42-year-old signed a three-year deal with Bayern, replacing Jupp Heynckes at the helm starting this summer, and he's keen to replicate last season's results - which saw the club win a historic treble - in the years to come.

"I'm taking over a team that played extraordinarily. They won four titles, three plus the (German) Supercup against Borussia Dortmund," said Guardiola. "I'll try to reach the level set by my predecessor."

Guardiola had left Barcelona over a year ago after leading the Spanish club to Champions League titles in 2009 and 2011. To step away from the spotlight, he spent the last year in New York before joining the Bundesliga club "because of the players and rich history."

"I am ready to return to football," said Guardiola, who reached a deal with the club in January. "This is a new challenge for me. My time at Barcelona was wonderful, but I needed a new challenge. Bayern Munich have given me that opportunity."

Guardiola guided Barcelona to 14 titles over four seasons, and he is expected to build on Bayern's recent success. Much has been said about whether Guardiola will try to replicate Barcelona's style with the the Bundesliga giant, but he has made it clear that everything depends on the players at his disposal.

"Barcelona players have different qualities to those of Bayern. I need to adjust to the players, not the other way around," he explained. "Football belongs to the players, not to the coach. The fans come to the Allianz Arena to watch the players play rather than because of me."

The Spaniard noted that Heynckes has set the bar pretty high.

"I can only try to keep up the same high level the team had under Heynckes," he said of the club's former boss. "I have not been in touch with him yet, but I hope to do so shortly. His opinions means a lot to me."

Guardiola will make his Bundesliga debut when Bayern opens its season against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Aug. 9. He will face Barcelona in a friendly on July 27 in Munich.

"I don't know how I'll feel but it will be a special game for me," he said of going head-to-head against his former club. "I'm here because of what I did in Barcelona. I'm sure it'll be a good game, a good preparation for the Supercup three days later against Borussia Dortmund."