Replacing Heynckes hasn't been easy, admits Guardiola

The Spaniard has won 18 trophies in five years as a coach but the Champions League humiliation hangs over the Allianz Arena and he admits the season hasn't been easy for him

Pep Guardiola admits that replacing Jupp Heynckes at the helm of Bayern Munich this season hasn't been easy after the German coach won the domestic and European treble with the club.

Guardiola watched on as his side defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to clinch the DFB-Pokal on Saturday, after also securing the Bundesliga title in his first season with the club.

However, the campaign has been overshadowed by their inability to retain their Champions League crown as they were eliminated in the semi-finals after they were humiliated by Real Madrid.

The 43-year-old has now won 18 pieces of silverware since replacing Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona ahead of the 2008-09 season, but insisted it has not been easy for him in Bavaria and feels there's still a lot of work to be done.

"It's my fifth year as a trainer of a professional football team, my sixth year overall as a coach," Guardiola told reporters.

"One year I was coaching the second team of Barcelona. After four years working with the first team of Barcelona, this has been the most important and challenging season of my trainer career.

"My German is not that good yet so I have to convince my players every time. After Bayern won the treble last season with Jupp Heynckes it was not easy for me.

"I have still not managed to make the team as I would like. There is still much work for me, but we can proud of our four titles." 

Guardiola also praised the Bayern board for hiring him and said he wants to bring more success to the club.

"I've got my own idea of playing football," he added. "That's why Matthias Sammer, Karl-Heinz [Rummenigge] and Uli [Hoeness] signed me.

"We just changed a few things, but the mentality was still great and also the players' attitude and responses to that were excellent.

"This season was not easy for me. Obviously the Super Cup title against Chelsea [in August] helped me a lot, it gave me time to work on my plan."