Javi Martinez: Bayern Munich do not need to play like Barcelona

The former Athletic Bilbao player is excited by the arrival of the Bavarians’ new coach but does not feel a change in style is necessary

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez believes his team may not adopt the same style of play as Barcelona when Pep Guardiola takes charge at the Allianz Arena.

The former Blaugrana coach was announced as the Bavarians’ new boss on January 16 and will succeed Jupp Heynckes at the end of the campaign.

“Will we play like Pep’s Barça? Bayern are already playing well. The dressing room is excited about him joining next season,” Martinez told MARCA.

The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder also spoke about how welcome he has been made to feel at his new club since his arrival in the summer.

“When I signed for Bayern I was afraid, but it’s going really well,” he revealed.

“Bayern is a huge club but it’s like being part of a family. They told me quite clearly I should forget about the €40 million transfer fee they had paid.”

And Martinez added that he would like nothing more than to face Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League.

“I grew up watching the duels between Real Madrid and Bayern and hope I can be part of one now.”

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