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Netzer: Pep to benefit league

Pep Guardiola's arrival at Bayern Munich will benefit the whole Bundesliga, according to former West Germany international Gunter Netzer.

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Pep Guardiola: Arrival at Bayern Munich could benefit whole league

Pep Guardiola: Arrival at Bayern Munich could benefit whole league

Bayern announced in January they had won the race to recruit the highly sought-after former Barcelona coach, who took a sabbatical following a hugely successful time at the Nou Camp.

He succeeds Jupp Heynckes at the Bavarian club this summer, hoping to somehow improve a side which won a Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal treble in the season just ended but Netzer believes the Spaniard will do just that, and drive up standards in the top flight as a whole.

"It's a massive piece of good fortune for the Bundesliga that a coach like Guardiola will soon be arriving," the former Borussia Monchengladbach star of the 1970s told the official Bundesliga website.

"He won't only have a huge say in the direction of Bayern but of the entire league. I'm sure of that.

"I think we need some new ideas and some new impetus in Germany and that can only come through foreign coaches that favour a different style of play and have a different footballing philosophy.

"Obviously, not every team is going to be able to play football in the image of Guardiola, but he will definitely provide a fresh impetus to the league."

Netzer cannot wait to see how Guardiola goes about making Bayern's approach - built around the key Guardiola principles of possession and pressing - even more effective.

"I'm sure he will continue to develop them and I'm very intrigued to see how he does it," he added.

"There's definitely the potential to improve them, otherwise Bayern wouldn't have hired him. That's not to say that he will sacrifice any of the good things that the team has done this season, though."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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