Bayern youngsters lucky to work with Pep, says Van Buyten

The Belgium international feels the club’s youngsters are privileged to work under a top coach like the Spaniard and praised the former Barca boss’ methods

Daniel Van Buyten has praised Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola and feels the club’s youngsters are lucky to have the chance to work under the former Barcelona boss.

The 42-year-old took charge of the Champions League holders ahead of the 2013-14 campaign after a one-year sabbatical and Van Buyten feels Guardiola is the ideal coach for young players, just like Jupp Heynckes was in the past.

“Every coach has his own philosophy, his own way of doing things. Our young players can count themselves lucky to be working with top coaches like Guardiola and Heynckes. They can improve their game quicker than before,” Van Buyten told the official Bayern website,

“The coach encourages us to demand the ball more and not to worry even when you’re under pressure.

“In the training sessions we play three against one and three against two in a small area of three or four metres – we get 20 metres in a match! That’s much easier.

“The coach always says: ‘Never forget: If you can do it in three or four metres then why not in 20? Therefore: Don’t worry! Be courageous!'”

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