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Germany legend and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn believes a union of Bayern Munich and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola might not be the best idea as both sides would have to make compromises and work hard to bring the best out of each other.
In a column written for German tabloid Bild, Oliver Kahn has mentioned that even though Guardiola has been linked with a job at the Bavarians at the end of the season, things may not be all that comfortable for either party because Guardiola is heavily influenced by the philosophy and football culture preached at the Catalan club.
Kahn mentioned in his article that Guardiola's super strong roots at Barcelona mean that it would be extremely difficult for him to find another club which follows the motto: 'MÃ©s que un club - more than a club'. Kahn gave the example of former Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann who found it tough at the club as the structural changes induced by him at the club faced severe opposition.
After leading Barcelona to 14 titles in 4 years, Pep Guardiola took a sabbatical at the end of last season but has been wanted by several clubs across Europe, including the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. However, Kahn believes that oligarchic clubs like City and Chelsea would find it difficult to lure Guardiola with their philosophy being anti-thesis to what Guardiola follows.
The column has Kahn saying that Guardiola would appreciate the professionalism and the squad at Bayern and consider it a better option than the Premier League clubs. And should Bayern have Guardiola take on the responsibility, it would be helpful to have a transitional phase with current coach Jupp Heynckes also at the helm. In his column, Kahn favored Heynckes in the background assisting Guardiola settle in at the club and his managerial experience would be ideal to merge the philosophy of Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola, not to mention overcoming the language barrier.
Though Guardiola's sabbatical still has months to end, speculation has started over which club the former Barcelona manager will choose and considering the high-profile names being linked with him, it is a long road ahead.
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