FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is adamant Pep Guardiola’s time at the club should be considered a success despite their failure to win the Champions League.
Guardiola had big shoes to fill when he replaced Jupp Heynckes in 2013, with the German mentor leading the Bavarians to a historic treble by winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League in his final season at the club.
The Spaniard has won seven trophies in his time at the Allianz Arena, but has not been able to repeat their glory in the Champions League despite making the semi-finals in all three season he was in charge, leading many to dub his time there a failure, but Neuer disagrees.
“The three years under Guardiola have been sensational,” Neuer told Kicker.
“We should acknowledge that our coach did not fail in any area, including the Champions League, even if he did not win it with Bayern. Winning the double definitely was a happy ending to his time at Bayern.
“Working with Pep was sensational. We played the best football out there both in the Champions League and in Germany, better than all other teams. Guardiola deserves credit for that.
“Guardiola has moved Bayern forward in all aspects. I have learned a lot from him both as a footballer and as a human being. If I had to give Bayern’s season a grade, it would be a one.”