Villas-Boas: Guardiola is the best coach of the modern era

The Portuguese coach has hailed the Bayern Munich boss for evolving the club's philosophy so rapidly, believing his commitment to perfection puts him in a class of his own.
Andre Villas-Boas has described Pep Guardiola as the best coach of the modern era, stating that he and Bayern Munich are a perfect fit for one another.

Since taking over the reins at the Bavarians last summer, Guardiola has guided his side to UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup wins and to the top spot in the Bundesliga, with the club sitting seven points clear of second-place Bayer Leverkusen.

Speaking while visiting the Bayern winter training camp in Doha, Qatar, Villas-Boas enthused about the former Barcelona coach's soccer philosophy and the way he inspires his players, tipping Bayern for even more success.

"He has revamped the philosophy of [Bayern's] game, which is his most important innovation," the 36-year-old told TZ. "Guardiola's handwriting can be seen quite clearly on Bayern's games now. His own unique way to see football, to understand how to play the game is the great legacy he will leave behind.

"The mindset of this trainer fits nicely with the culture of this club . Previously, Bayern had the best economic conditions and very good players, and now they also have the best coach of the modern era. If that's not a fit, then what is?"

Villas-Boas, who was dismissed from his job at Tottenham Hotspur in December and has been mooted as a replacement for Schalke boss Jens Keller (whose team is also training in Doha), revealed how he was captivated when watching Guardiola's training sessions.

"If you see him on the training pitch, the intensity with which he gives instructions and how hoarse his voice is then, you could call it an obsession," he continued. "But this is all pure passion and it is contagious. Contagious for me, his staff and the players. That's why they play so well.

"In the past year Bayern have won everything under Jupp Heynckes and these are also the goals in the current season. And I'm sure that if it anyone can manage to meet these inhuman expectations, then Pep can."