The former Barcelona manager plans to stay with Bayern for an additional two years.
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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he has no interest in taking over at Manchester United after the firing of David Moyes.
Guardiola says ”I am here, I am Bayern and I want to stay here two more years.”
United dismissed Moyes earlier Tuesday and put Ryan Giggs in charge on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Guardiola says he was surprised by Moyes’ dismissal but is not interested in replacing him, despite former United manager Alex Ferguson’s public admiration for the ex-Barcelona coach.
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Guardiola says ”to change the culture and go to Germany was not easy for me and I need more time to feel really this is my team. Bayern is absolutely my team.”
Guardiola spoke in Madrid ahead of Bayern’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid.
Guardiola has admitted his team’s desire to win games dropped after clinching the Bundesliga, but believes they are returning to their peak going into the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid.
The Bavarian outfit wrapped up the German title in record time at the end of March, but have since surrendered their unbeaten run in the league — winning just three of their last seven games in all competitions.
"In 27 games we conceded 13 goals and then seven in our next three matches after that, so our focus dropped a bit because we had already won the league," Guardiola said at the pre-match press conference.
Despite the blip in form, Guardiola praised the overall hunger of his team, who stand the chance of winning the treble for a second consecutive season.
"Normally, when you win a title, you lose your desire and focus a little – you lose this zeal. That is why I am so proud of my team, because last year they won everything and the coach changed and they accepted my little changes and this year we have won the Bundesliga, we are in final of the cup and semifinals of the Champions League."