Cologne - Pep Guardiola's footballing philosophy has become as familiar as it is successful, and in his quest for continued greatness at German record champions FC Bayern München, the Spaniard has signed or promoted eight new players this summer.

But how suited are they to his preferred style of dominance in possession, early pressing and quick passing, and how much will each of them have to adapt to fit into the Catalan's master plan? analyses how the new arrivals in Bavaria will fit in...

The man signed from Real Madrid CF is a player tailor-made for Guardiola’s system. Until his retirement from international football last month, 32-year-old Alonso played 114 games as the midfield fulcrum of the Spanish national team in a system very similar to that of Guardiola’s. Blessed with an exceptional range of passing, superb positioning, an acute tactical brain and timing in the tackle, he has the ability to individually dictate Guardiola’s style of play on the pitch this season.

will undoubtedly have to adapt to Guardiola's style. At previous club Borussia Dortmund, he was the sole tip of the attack, the first man in the box and often racing in behind defences. Under Guardiola, he will be part of the attack rather than lead it, but with his superb first touch, speed of thought and awareness for team-mates' positioning, there will be no shortage of opportunities coming his way, as he proved on Matchday 2 when he netted his first goal for the club against FC Schalke 04.

His arrival may have been more low-key than Alonso or Lewandowski, but has integrated himself remarkably well since joining from Eintracht Frankfurt. An ever-present in pre-season, he turned in an excellent display against Schalke and is the team's best tackler with a 60 per cent challenge-success rate. Tidy in possession and always offering an option, he is sure to give the coach a selection headache when waylaid trio Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Thiago return.

A robust yet elegant defender, Moroccan captain Medhi Benatia looks the perfect fit for a Guardiola team. Known at former clubs AS Roma and Udinese Calcio for his ability to defend with a cool head, he is also able to orchestrate attacks from deep, and a record of 11 goals in 113 Serie A games makes him an asset in attack as well. With Javi Martinez out courtesy of a long-term injury, the 27-year-old could be set for an extended run in Guardiola's first-choice XI.

Brought in as an extra option in a 3-5-2 formation that Guardiola has looked to play this season, Spain U-21 international is another to have settled in seamlessly this term. Schooled in possession-based football in his homeland, his speed, athleticism and assuredness on the ball have been instantly noticeable. The highly disciplined defender has played in all four of the club's competitive games so far and will provide healthy competition for first-choice left-back David Alaba.

One of five Spaniards in the squad, Reina was Guardiola's preferred choice as back-up to number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Like the German, Reina likes to use his feet to launch attacks early and is happy to sweep on the edge of his box, allowing the defence to push higher up the pitch and facilitate Bayern's pressing game. His playing time may be limited with FIFA World Cup winner Neuer ahead of him in the pecking order, but Reina is nevertheless an ideal understudy.

Few would have predicted Gaudino would enjoy quite such an impressive debut in Bayern's opening-day win over VfL Wolfsburg. Evidently, Guardiola was one of them: "He was outstanding and he deserves to be here," he said of the 17-year-old. Gaudino delivered a complete midfield performance, leading sporting director Matthias Sammer to comment: "Gianluca has something that's difficult to learn. He's just a great footballer." He already looks like a Guardiola favorite.

Signed as one for the future from the reserve team of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Kurt has been talked about by many as the next star of German football. Showing huge promise in the Borussia youth ranks and scoring four times in just nine games for Germany's U-19 team, the 18-year-old attacking midfielder now has to continue his development in the hope of breaking through in an ultra-competitive first team in Munich.

This article is part four of our ‘Guardiola’s Bayern’ series, which began this week.

Guardiola's Bayern: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3