Redknapp: Guardiola taking Bayern backwards in Europe

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has failed to take the club forward since his arrival at the Allianz-Arena in the summer of 2013, with Barcelona having recently earned a convincing 3-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against the German giants.

Guardiola was managed of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, where he won 14 trophies. After a short sabbatical, the Spanish coach left to join Bayern Munich, who at the time had won the treble (German Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal) under former manager Jupp Heynckes, but has failed to triumph in Europe.

In his first season at the Allianz-Arena, Bayern were thrashed 5-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. The Germans had beaten Manchester City in the groups, and Arsenal & Manchester United in the latter stages, but were comprehensively dispatched of in the final four.

This season, they have been beaten 3-0 in their semi-final first leg clash against Barcelona, and may believe them to be out of the competition now. Redknapp believes the finger of blame should be pointed at the manager, whom he feels hasn’t taken Bayern forward in Europe.

“When he took over from Heynckes we all felt that it was the dream job, to take over at a club that had just won the treble. But he has not taken them on to that next level yet. If anything, it looks like they are going backwards,” he said.

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