Former FC Bayern München striker Ivica Olic believes Pep Guardiola’s time at the club should be seen as a failure because of his lack of success in the Champions League.
Guardiola, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season to become manager of Manchester City, is on the verge of winning his third consecutive Bundesliga title, but has failed to progress past the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition in his three seasons in charge of the Bavarians.
Olic believes Bayern’s strength relative to the rest of the German top flight means domestic trophies should be expected and that success in Europe was the only way to leave a lasting legacy.
“Guardiola was knocked out of three successive Champions League semis and by Bayern’s high standards that’s a failure,” he told Sportske Novosti.
“Maybe people at Bayern will now say he won a haul of domestic trophies, but given the strength of the club’s roster, that’s an accomplishment they should take for granted.
“Yes, Atletico play destructive football but they knew exactly what they wanted and in this chess game, Simeone made all the right moves.
“Guardiola stuck to his philosophy and it failed to land a European title, although he had to deal with the burden of expectation from the start.
“He came after Heynckes who won it all, hence, Guardiola could only emulate his success. But he didn’t and won’t be remembered.”
Bayern conclude the Bundesliga season with matches against FC Ingolstadt 04 and Hannover 96 before ending the season against rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final.