Netzer: Guardiola will drop tiki taka at Bayern

The former West Germany star believes that the 42-year-old will play to the Bavarians' strengths when he takes over from Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena
German football icon Gunter Netzer thinks Pep Guardiola will not force Bayern Munich to use the tiki taka brand of football that he popularised at Barcelona.

The Spaniard will take over from Jupp Heynckes, who became the first coach to lead a German club to the treble this term, in July and the ex-Real Madrid playmaker believes the coach will play to the Bavarians' strengths.

"It will be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola will connect with the German aspects," he wrote in his weekly Bild column. "I cannot imagine that he will employ Barcelona's short passing game at Bayern.

"We will see cultured football, which will be adapted to the capabilities of Bayern. Guardiola will not turn everything on its head at Bayern. He will give the club ideas and improvements.

"However, he will be smart enough not to omit the biggest positive elements of the team and not to drastically change its football ideology. This would be completely the wrong approach."

While Netzer is delighted with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund reaching the Champions League final this season and boosting the Bundesliga brand, he thinks that it would be foolish to think the nation has overtaken Spain for European supremacy in the long term.

"Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have recently shown that they have caught up [with Spanish sides] tremendously," he continued.

"German football has drawn attention to itself excellently recently. The national team have shaped a style all have admired - technically sophisticated football and a lethal defensively and offensively.

"German football has caught up with Spanish football tremendously. But it has, in my opinion, not yet taken over. I would describe it as foolish to write off the Spanish football. Because their teams are still outstanding."