Lahm Aims To Secure Treble For Guardiola Farewell
Philipp Lahm and the rest of the Bayern Munich squad are hoping to secure the treble for a Pep Guardiola farewell, as the trainer is set to leave the team at the end of the season. After three years in charge of the team this summer, Guardiola plans to head to the Premier League.
Many players are sorry to see the coach leave, including Lahm, who recently stated, “I have had and still have a very good time with Pep. We understand each other well and it is enjoyable to play under him.”
While it is unfortunate to see the coach leave, everyone familiar with the sport understands that it is part of the game.
“I have been playing since I was six and players and coaches come and go, so it is a natural part of the way things go and you accept and respect these decisions,” Lamn continued.
Guardiola has won two Bundesliga titles, but has yet to advance past the semifinals in the Champions League. For that reason, opinions of him are split. Although he has been a great coach and person that they players respect, he has not quite lived up to expectations.
Bayern Munich plans to reverse the trend this year, aiming to secure multiple titles.
“The aim is to play successful football. For us that means that there should be titles at the end of the season. Anyone who knows FC Bayern and our history as well as our recent seasons knows we can play for the title in all competitions and win them.”
Lahm and the rest of the organization are optimistic about their chances, however, they understand the difficulty of the road ahead.
“Our aim is always to go for the maximum and get all three titles, but we know how difficult that is. Of course it would be perfect to go home with all three titles at the end of Guardiola’s time, we all have that aim.”
Last season’s beaten finalists, Juventus, is the team that currently stands in Bayern Munich’s path to the Champions League Finals. Lahm is confident that Bayern will prevail in this round of 16 matchup.
“It is a difficult draw because it is a team which was in the final of the Champions League last season, and to face them in the second round is not easy,” stated the star defender. “Defensively they are very well organised, and they have great players who can make a difference. But I still think we are the favourites.”