German Cup final will determine success of Guardiola's year one at Bayern

In January 2013, Bayern Munich announced who would be taking the lead role at the Bavarian giants following the expiry of Jupp Heynckes’ contract. The news broke 24 hours after Markus Horwick, Bayern’s media director, described rumours of the club’s approach for Pep Guardiola as “complete rubbish”. 

Guardiola had achieved elite status after his time at Barcelona. The Catalan had the choice of any club in the world and he chose Bayern. The job needed a perfectionist, as the task was to maintain perfection and achieve the unprecedented. Bayern were expected to retain the Bundesliga, so Guardiola’s first season was to be judged on his side’s continental performance: could Bayern become the first side to retain Europe's biggest prize since its early-90s redesign as the Champions League?

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