Guardiola Excited For New Challenges, Improvement

Pep Guardiola understands the in the game of soccer you can always improve, especially as a manager. One the tactics that he is employing to challenge his development as a manager is to find new “enemies.”

Bayern Munich is on pace to win its fourth straight Bundesliga title, but the team’s aspirations go much further. They are looking to secure the treble, which would include a win in the DFB Pokal final and the European Cup, in addition to the Bundesliga title. Guardiola knows that if Bayern wants to make this dream a reality, they are going to need to continue to improve.

But he also knows that if he wants to improve as a coach, he needs new challenges. Guardiola, 45, is set to leave Bayern in the summer after three years at the club. While speaking at an event in Munich, Guardiola told Sport1 that he is looking forward to new rivalries. He believes that these challenges are what improves oneself as a coach.

“You’ve done everything after three, four years [at a club],” he said. “You need enemies to get better. And you need new challenges to get better, always new challenges.”

Earlier this month, Guardiola explained that he is eager to coach in the Premier League and accept new challenges. Although no team has been announced, he does have several offers from England.

This uncertainty has been met with a great deal of criticism from other Premier League managers who are unsettled by what may happen to them at the end of the season. Guardiola stated that he is sorry for the situation that has been created: “normally, in my career as a coach, as a player, I respect a lot my colleagues, so I am sorry.”

The most likely scenario at this time is a role with Manchester City. Last week, Manchester United denied reports of a secret meeting with the current Bayern Munich coach.

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Bjorn Koch is a businessman, world traveler, lover of fine dining and soccer fanatic. Born in Germany, where he fell in love with Bayern Munich, Bjorn currently resides in Boston, MA.