Guardiola: I came here to learn

Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola has downplayed his influence on the Bundesliga, insisting he didn’t join the Bavarians with the aim of changing German football.

The former Spain international rose to prominence at Barcelona, reshaping and molding the Blaugrana into a formiddable force in European football during a four-year spell at the helm.

And, after joining Bayern in the summer of 2013, many expected the manager to repeat that feat at the Allianz Arena.

When asked if he felt he had changed the way football was played in Germany, he said: “I’m not the right person to say how great my influence on German football was.

“I didn’t come here to change German football. I’m arrogant, but not that arrogant.

“I came here to learn, the same reason I’m going to England.

“What can I learn from the players and English football? The reason is to live in other countries and experience different ways of playing.”

Ahead to what will be his penultimate game in charge of the Bayern ahead of the DFB Pokal final next weekend, Guadiola added: “We lost nine games in three years and five came when we were already champions. That is outstanding.”