LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 01: Fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg at BayArena on September 1, 2018 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During his long interview with Jorge Valdano, Pep Guardiola got to speak about the culture in the Bundesliga and how different they are from other countries.

One would expect that Pep Guardiola could be a bit salty for not winning the Champions League at Bayern Munchen, but his Bundesliga experience was way more rewarding for him than anything else. There aren’t that many managers in football who decide to renounce to their culture for a few years, learn an incredibly complicated language, and then take on the challenge of coaching a club of a country they know nothing about. Pep Guardiola did it and won many titles during his time there, he may have not won the most important trophy there but he did take a lot of positive things from the whole experience. His take on how people in Germany live or breathe football is very revealing, the Germans are a very advanced culture that shows their idiosyncrasies in every single football match they have every weekend. When the fans have a problem with the squad because they are not performing, the players have civilized conversations where they reach agreements, something you will never see in any other country because passion is lived in a very different manner.

“A good footballer is good anywhere he plays. There are many connotations for every league, definitely. In Germany for example, players tend to keep the ball for a longer time, there are also longer situations without the ball and you don’t see them touching the ball as much. But there are emerging many young managers in different squads like Julian Nagelsmann at Hoffenheim for example, or Thomas Tuchel who is now at PSG who could easily get confused for a Spanish manager due to their style of play. I believe that Spanish football is fantastic right now with all the Champions League and La Liga titles won by Real Madrid, Barça, and Atletico Madrid. But the Germans have also done their part already with the World Cup process they went through first under Klinsmann, and then under Joachim Low. The difference between Germany and the rest if that the people applaud a team that always finished third or second, and in other countries, things are very different. But today you see the German National Team, and every player is a great player,” said Guardiola during the long interview with Jorge Valdano in Universo Valdano. 

When Valdano asked him about the Bundesliga itself, Pep Guardiola was very detailed in his explanation and said the following: “The Bundesliga is a very well-organized league with extraordinary pitches and filled stadiums all the time. The watch football on the weekends and during the week they attend the theatre to watch plays or go to the movies. It’s not only about football here, they have a very different life and culture compared to the rest of the world. Coaching in the Bundesliga is a very rewarding experience. It’s a little bit like England. You get to the stadium and everybody is wearing a Bayern Munchen shirt, but they are always together with the Borussia Dortmund shirts without a single incident. They go to the stadium and they all go together as families, you see a lot of children attending the games and this makes the fan base stay faithful to their squad. Everything is already paid in advanced, they have everything planned to pay their weekly money to go watch their favorite team. It’s all very organized,” he added.

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