Pep: Bayern spell judged on Champions League

Pep Guardiola admits his time at Bayern Munich will only be judged a success if he guides the club to the Champions League title.

Former Barcelona manager Guardiola led the Catalan giants to Champions League glory twice, but has seen Bayern knocked out in consecutive semi-finals since arriving in Germany.

And as the Spaniard prepares to meet Atletico Madrid in the first leg of yet another semi-final, he admits he is likely to be criticised if he doesn’t deliver the ultimate prize in European football before departing to join Manchester City this summer.

“In three years we have got to three semi-finals, but I know that people say if I don’t win the Champions League my work won’t be complete,” Guardiola told reporters. “But I’ve been very lucky to have experienced what I have in Germany. I think I am a better coach, a better person, more relaxed.

“In football, you have to adapt and we will adapt to get the best result we can. We know all the teams are difficult and Atletico are no exception.

“You can compare them to Barca and Madrid – when they play against the big European clubs, they can confound the favourites.

“It will be a great game, complete and fun at the same time, and we will do all we can to get the final.

Atletico knocked out Guardiola’s former club Barcelona in the quarter-finals and currently sit second in La Liga, behind Barca only on goal difference.

With Atletico having pulled off an incredible feat in the quarter-finals, Guardiola was naturally full of praise for Diego Simeone’s side.

“It has been five years since I was involved against them, but from what I have seen and what people say, they defend well, though that’s not all they do,” he said. “They’re extremely well organised, they’ve got a good structure defensively, they close space, they have a great counterattack.

“They have been fighting for the league title for the last three or four seasons as well as in Europe, so you have to do almost everything very well against them.

“But we will have to see what we can do in order to hurt them.”

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