Guardiola is not a magician – Sammer

The Bundesliga champions got off to a winning start against Borussia Monchengladbach but the 45-year-old has warned that the Spanish coach will need more time to adapt

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer insists that Pep Guardiola “is not a magician” and will need time to adapt to his new surroundings.

Expectations at the Bavarians are sky-high following the 42-year-old’s arrival this summer on the back of the club’s treble-winning campaign of 2012-13, but Sammer feels people cannot expect Guardiola to replicate such success straight away.

“Jupp Heynckes did not win anything in his first year at Bayern Munich. Jupp is a superb trainer, no doubt about that, but he needed a bit of time as well,” Sammer told Sky.

“Now everybody says Pep Guardiola doesn’t need any time to adapt and this is something I cannot understand.

“We have a new coach, who will need time to get used to his players, tactical formation and the board of directors.

“He is not a magician. He works hard, talks a lot with the players and does so in German. The fact that there’s a big hype surrounding him and that he won everything he could win at Barcelona counts for nothing now.”

Guardiola guided Bayern to a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in his Bundesliga debut on Friday.

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