The Spain international is excited by his club’s all-conquering start to the 2015-16 campaign, and believes the success owes a lot to the adaptation to his compatriot’s ideals
Javi Martinez believes Bayern Munich have fully embraced Pep Guardiola’s philosophy this season.
The reigning Bundesliga champions have been in sublime form early in the 2015-16 campaign and hold a seven-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the league table.
Martinez is not surprised by Bayern’s fine start and believes a combination of Guardiola’s style of play and the team’s collective hunger for success is behind their strong performances in what is the former Barcelona coach’s third season in charge.
“The reason that we have made such a great start to the season is that we have embraced Pep’s style. We have made it our own,” the Spain international told the Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“We want to press our opponents as high up the pitch as possible. We want to put pressure on the ball and create a lot of chances.
“Our start has been incredible. We are really hungry for success and our attitude has been key.”
Bayern have been plagued by injuries this term, but Martinez feels they now have the depth to cope with the absence of players such as Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze.
“We were missing Arjen Robben and Ribery last season. Now Arjen is back and two great players have come in with Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa.”
Bayern are away to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Friday.
The 66-year-old believes a new deal would suit both coach and club with the Spaniard’s current deal set to expire at the end of this season
Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld feels it would make sense if Pep Guardiola were to sign a one-year extension with the Bundesliga champions.
Guardiola’s existing deal with Bayern is due to expire at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and he recently reiterated that he is in no rush to make a decision on his long-term future.
Hitzfeld has advised the former Barcelona coach to sign a new contract until June 2017, though, as both parties would benefit from such an agreement.
“A one-year extension would be a good solution for both Bayern and Guardiola,” Hitzfeld told Bild.
“A one-year deal would not work when a coach just arrives at a club, but it would make sense after three years.
“Guardiola has rebuilt the team at Bayern and is nearly done doing so. Bayern are playing some outstanding football. It is now important to continue on the same path.
“With a one-year extension, both sides still have some freedom, but also have certainty.”
Guardiola has guided Bayern to successive Bundesliga titles since joining them in 2013, but Champions League glory has so far evaded him, the Bavarian giants crashing out in the semi-finals in the past two seasons.
The Spaniard has admitted that he was proud of his side’s display in last season’s Champions League semi-finals despite their eventual elimination to the Catalans
Pep Guardiola has claimed Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat against Barcelona in 2014-15 was one of his finest moments in charge at the Allianz Arena.
The Bavarians took on their coach’s former team in the semi-finals last term, with Barcelona eventually progressing to the final 5-3 on aggregate despite a 3-2 defeat in Munich.
Guardiola was not too bothered by Bayern’s failure to win the Champions League, though, as he was proud of his side’s performance regardless of the eventual outcome and feels European success is a matter of time.
“One of the best moments of my career as Bayern coach was the semi-final defeat against Barcelona,” Guardiola told reporters at a press conference.
“The fans were all applauding us. They are not stupid. They all saw the players gave everything for the jersey.
“Successful San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich once said success needs time. What we are doing here is a process.”
Guardiola won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09 and 2010-11, but success Europe’s premier club competition has evaded him so far with Bayern.
The Bundesliga champions were eliminated in the semi-finals by Real Madrid in 2013-14, before Barca proved too strong for them last season.
The Spaniard is confident that the Bundesliga leaders have the necessary to go all the way this season if they can avoid any distractions
Pep Guardiola believes Bayern Munich have a realistic chance of winning the treble this season if they remain focused until the very end of the campaign.
The Bavarians boast a perfect Bundesliga record this season and have already opened up a seven-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the table, while also impressing in Champions League and DFB-Pokal.
And though Guardiola has warned they have not won anything yet, the Catalan is optimistic they can go far in all three competitions if they keep their feet on the ground.
“I am completely convinced that we will be fighting for every title right until the very end if players, coach and club can keep this up,” Guardiola said at a news conference.
“The most important thing for me as a coach is to make the players realise that we have not won the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal yet. It is still only October. We have not won anything yet.
“There is no such thing as perfection. Things are going very well at the moment, but you never know how long things last.
“We have to be hungry for the ball each game. With the individual quality we have, things are bound to go well so long as we have the ball.”
Bayern added Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman in the summer and the wing pair have set about impressing at Allianz Arena immediately, with the duo’s quality prompting Guardiola to praise the club for snapping up signings of such calibre.
“Bayern bought these kinds of players. I do not really have a hand in what they do. I am not the one to show them how to dribble an opponent.
“They all have that ability already.”
The Bayern Munich coach has voiced his admiration for the 19-year-old following an impressive start in Germany after his loan move from Juventus
Pep Guardiola has taken the time to praise Kingsley Coman in the wake of Bayern Munich’s 3-1 DFB-Pokal win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
The youngster joined Bayern from Juventus on a two-year loan deal at the start of the 2015-16 campaign and has since impressed with a string of fine performances.
Coman has scored twice in eight appearances in all competitions for Bayern so far, while setting up five more goals.
“Kingsley is still only 19 years old. [Technical director] Michael Reschke brought him in,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by Abendzeitung.
“He is a typical attacker, who is very fast and can play on either wing. He has a lot of quality going forward.
“We have plenty of options on the wings with Coman, Douglas Costa and Arjen Robben.
“Coman is very important for Bayern. He has always done very well for us and I can only say good things about him.”
Bayern have the option to make Coman’s stay at the club permanent for a set fee of €21million, having already paid €7m for his loan spell.