Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has stated that the arrival of Spanish manager Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena to take charge of the Bavarians was the perfect way for the Bayern players to respond to a fresh challenge after their treble winning exploits of last season.
Guardiola is himself a treble winner, having won six out of six trophies Barcelona played in during his first season in charge of the club and he will know just what it takes to get the best out of a side that seemingly achieved all it possibly could during the previous campaign, and that too, by playing sumptuous and breathtaking football.
The Spaniard took charge of Bayern at the start of the season – and he was under immense pressure to deliver success to a side that enjoyed unprecedented success under previous manager Jupp Heynckes but he has been very quick to stamp his own mark on the club and its players.
And according to former Bayern Munich skipper Michael Ballack, the club’s 3-1 win away at Manchester City goes a long way to show that they can still improve immensely under Guardiola.
Speaking to a German media publication, the former Germany skipper it is very hard for the players to motivate themselves after winning the UEFA Champions League the season before. Having won all there is to win; it is hard to find motivation as to what they have to play for.
But he mentioned that the change of managers was exactly what Bayern needed; a fresh challenge can easily get the players to perform and in Guardiola, they have a manager who has the pedigree of doing the unthinkable. And Michael Ballack hopes to see his former side scale the heights of last season and mount another proper challenge.