Pep Guardiola: the Bayern years
Pep Guardiola has not disappointed since replacing Bundesliga legend Jupp Heynckes as FC Bayern München head coach in June 2013.
After collecting 14 titles in all competitions with former club FC Barcelona prior to his well-earned sabbatical year, the Catalan was thrust right back into the spotlight at the Allianz Arena.
Despite inheriting a side that has just won an unprecedented Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup treble, the retired midfield ace singled out Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara as his must-have summer signing.
Guardiola tasted defeat in the Supercup to Borussia Dortmund, but Bayern bounced back to win their fourth trophy of the calendar year with a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea FC in the UEFA Super Cup.
Bayern finished the year as FIFA Club World Cup champions, too, after disptaching Raja Casablanca in Morocco.
Bayern forged on ahead in 2014, wrapping up Guardiola's fourth league title as a coach - his first in the Bundesliga - with a record seven games to spare.
Guardiola's treble hopes were dashed, however, following a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid CF in the Champions League semi-finals.
An extra-time DFB Cup final win over Dortmund nevertheless saw the Santpedor strategist end his debut season in Munich with the double - customary beer shower included.
Bayern won their 24th Bundesliga title in 2014/15, but came up short in the Champions League after losing to Guardiola's former flame Barcelona in the last four.
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Guardiola's charges were also eliminated from the DFB Cup at the same stage following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Jürgen Klopp's Dortmund.
On 17 October 2015, Guardiola watched on with pride as Bayern became the first team in the Bundesliga’s 52-year history to win their opening nine games of the season after recording a narrow 1-0 success away to SV Werder Bremen.
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