Pep Guardiola was a tremendous success at Bayern Munich despite not winning the coveted Champions League trophy.
The Spaniard will coach Manchester City next season as Coach Manuel Pellegrini takes a bow from the Etihad for a challenge elsewhere.
The beginning at Bayern
After taking some time out after his largely successful spell at Barcelona, many were shocked when Guardiola on 16th of January 2013 was announced as new boss for the Bavarians; replacing Jupp Heynckes.
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Indeed, it wasn’t the best of starts for Guardiola as he lost his first official match which was the German Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund, with Bayern losing 4–2.
That behind him, the Spaniard’s first trophy with Bayern was the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, defeating long time adversary José Mourinho, who had just returned to coach at Chelsea. Bayern beat ten-man Chelsea in a shoot-out after Manuel Neuer saved Romelu Lukaku’s kick.
In December 2013, Guardiola won his third Club World Cup after beating Raja Casablanca in Morocco.
On 25 March 2014, he led Bayern to their 23rd Bundesliga title by beating Hertha BSC 3–1 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
With seven matches remaining in the season, it was the earliest the championship had been won in Bundesliga history, breaking the record Heynckes’ Bayern had set in the previous season.
Also Guardiola broke Karl-Heinz Feldkamp’s record for the longest winning streak to start his tenure at a Bundesliga club.
Feldkamp back then was undefeated in his first 14 matches with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the 1978–79 season. The streak ended at 28 when FC Augsburg defeated Bayern 1–0 on matchday 29.
The streak also ended Bayern’s 53–match undefeated streak.
After his Champions League disappointment, Guardiola finished the 2013–14 season by winning the DFB-Pokal
Pep Guardiola in 2014-15
The umpteenth time Bayern lost the German Super Cup 2–0 to Borussia Dortmund.
In Guardiola’s 100th match as head coach, Bayern defeated Porto 6–1. With the win, Bayern reached their fourth-straight Champions League semi-final but was how far they could go and they were also knocked out of the German Cup in a shoot-out.
For that season, the league title was all Bayern and Guardiola could fall back on
Bayern lost the German Super Cup to VfL Wolfsburg on 1 August 2015, then beat Real Madrid in the Audi Cup final four days later.
Looking like a year Guardiola wanted to exit on a high, in the league, Bayern won their first ten matches.
The first time they dropped points in the league was on 30 October 2015 in a 0–0 scoreline against Eintracht Frankfurt and their first loss in the league was on 5 December 2015 in a 3–1 scoreline to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the Champions League group stage, Bayern won Group F, winning five out of the six matches.
On 20 December, Bayern confirmed that Guardiola was leaving the club after his contract expires at the end of the season, with Carlo Ancelotti his replacement for the 2016–17 season.
The sad story of Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in Champions League continued as they lost to Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals stage, thereby ending Guardiola’s final chance of winning a Champions League Title with the Bavarian club.
Guardiola’s final match was on 21 May 2016 was a happy ending and equally emotional one as Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund in a shootout to win the DFB Poktal.