Guardiola names Lahm among Bayern legends

Outgoing FC Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola has hailed Philipp Lahm as one of the greatest players in the club’s history, alongside the likes of Franz Beckenbauer.

Lahm led the Bavarians to a penalty shootout win over Borussia Dortmund in the final of the DFB-Pokal on Saturday to complete a season double after they were crowned Bundesliga champions a fortnight ago.

The 32-year-old came through the youth ranks at Bayern and, apart from a two-year loan spell with VfB Stuttgart, has spent his entire career at the club, playing over 500 times in all competitions, winning eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal crowns and a Champions League trophy.

“Bayern have had legends such as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Uli Hoeness and Kalle Rummenigge,” Guardiola told Sport Bild.

“For me, Philipp Lahm is at the same level as those legends. He is the perfect captain for Bayern and has helped me a lot both on and off the pitch.

“He is the only right-back in the world who can dominate play from his position. He always plays well. I have not seen Lahm play a single poor game over the past three seasons.”