Guardiola 11/4 to win Champions League with Bayern Munich
The former Barcelona boss will take over at the Allianz Arena this summer and bet365 offer 11/4 that the 41-year-old guides his new club to European glory
Pep Guardiola looked destined to be the hottest managerial signature of the summer. He spoke of his desire to manage in the Premier League just days ago, a statement that surely pricked the ears of the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
But just hours later it was announced that the Spaniard will take over from Jupp Heynckes as the next Bayern Munich manager on a three-year deal, effective this summer.
Guardiola left Barcelona at the end of last season to take a sabbatical from football following a highly succesful period in charge of the Catalan giants which saw him claim three La Liga titles, two Copa Del Rey triumphs and be named La Liga coach of the year four consecutive times.
The 41-year-old is 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365 to win the Champions League during his time with the German club and just 4/7 (1.67) to see out the three years at the Allianz Arena.
While the move may be a blow to the Premier League clubs that were chasing his signature, it also reinforces the Bundesliga's claims that its best teams can rival any of those from other European shores.
Heynckes led his side to the Champions League final last season where they lost on penalties to Chelsea.
The 11/4 (3.75) on Guardiola going one step further with a team that can boast the likes of Mario Gomez, Philip Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller could prove good value, especially if the 4/7 (1.67) for Guardiola to stay for the full duration of his contract also pays out.
Guardiola led his Barcelona team to two Champions League titles in his time at Camp Nou and looks set to take over a side who will secure yet another Bundesliga title. Bayern are nine points ahead of their nearest rivals and 12 points in front of fellow Champions League hopefuls Borussia Dortmund.
The quote of 11/4 (3.75) is sure to be popular with those who believe Guardiola can replicate his success at Barcelona in his new role.
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But Bayern deserve this. They've paid their dues and nobody can dispute that they are the best team in Europe. Bayern, we salute you. Over to everyone else now to try to come up with a way to beat this most wonderfully balanced of sides! But, until next season, good night - and good luck.
"First and foremost, congratulations to Bayern Munich because they won so it's not important to speak about what happened in the game," he told ITV1. "After the game you have to respect the result and that's what we do now.
"I didn't see (Robben's) goal. It was a free-kick and we were not in the right formation at that moment. It was late in the game and it has been a really hard season for us. But Bayern Munich had to fight too. We deserved to be in the final and we showed this tonight."
Robben humbly received his accolade before commenting: "I think it’s such a shame a world-class trainer is leaving the game." Quite.
"I told their players: I know your disappointment after losing a final. I lost a final to Liverpool, too.
"During the first half we had trouble to get into the game. At half-time a adjusted our play. I think both teams felt pressure. If you see that you have a 25-point-lead in the league, it is normal you are the favourite. But after 30 minutes we freed ourselves.
"Over the past year, we improved and improved. We improved and modified so many details. I was stricter and I have to say that the players followed me and there is harmony in the dressing room."
The big news is, though, that he seems to have a job lined up for himself, which restores one's faith in our fickle game, given the man is now a two-time Champions League winner!
"The decision on what I will do after the DFB Pokal match (against Stuttgart next saturday) was already taken last June? Retire? No, you will learn that after the DFB Pokal final."
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