Luxemburgo: Pep is more about marketing than coaching

Joe Williams

Former Brazil manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo will only be impressed with Pep Guardiola if he achieves success with Manchester City.

Guardiola won two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles in his time with Barcelona, while he guided Bayern Munich to Bundesliga glory three years on the bounce.

But Luxemburgo, who was recently fired from Chinese side club Tianjn Quanjian, isn’t completely convinced with Guardiola’s coaching ability and wants to see the Spaniard “win” with City before he gets carried away over his trophy record.

“He is more about marketing than being a coach. Guardiola won a lot of titles with Barcelona but then Luis Enrique arrived and he won the same,” he told FOX Sports.

“Guardiola went to Bayern Munich, he prepared, he learned the language and he didn’t achieve the same [as Jupp Heynckes], who won the treble at 70 years old, but he didn’t.

“Carlo Ancelotti was a champion in Milan, in Madrid. I think that for Guardiola to prove he’s better he will have to win with Manchester City. I will only be convinced if he wins with Manchester City.”

Carlo Ancelotti – who took over at Bayern in the summer – had some kinder words for Guardiola this week, he said:”It’s easy because the team has a lot of football knowledge, and a fantastic quality.

“I think they build this quality up with Guardiola. I found the team was in really, really good shape, good condition and with great knowledge.

“The foundations were really good so I never wanted to change them. Every coach has his own idea of football so I tried to implement my idea without having a revolution.”