Pep Guardiola: Ex-Bayern boss Magath claims Messi helped Spanish win titles

Pep Guardiola: Ex-Bayern boss Magath claims Messi helped Spanish win titles

- Pep Guardiola's success has been scrutinized by former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath

- The Man City boss has been unable to win the Champions League since he left Barcelona

- Magath claims Lionel Messi helped Guardiola win Europe's elite competition twice

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Pep Guardiola won two Champions League titles because of Lionel Messi's brilliance, according to former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath.

The Spanish boss won a treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies in 2008-09, in his first season in charge.

Guardiola won 14 major trophies before joining Bayern has been unable to win the Champions League ever since.

Pep Guardiola: Ex-Bayern boss Magath claims Messi helped Spanish win titles

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He suffered three consecutive semi-final defeats in the Champions League, to Real Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid despite winning three Bundesliga titles.

Now he has two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three EFL Cups under his belt for Man City but could not progress beyond the quarter-finals in the elite competition.

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And former Bayern boss Magath claims the Spanish gaffer would not have won Europe's biggest club prize without Messi.

The German boss told news outlet Bild:

"Messi won the titles, not Guardiola.
"Without Messi, this system has never worked as successfully for Guardiola, otherwise he would have won the Champions League with Bayern or Manchester City long ago.
"Tiki-taka only works if you have players who are technically superior to their opponents. For the spectator, holding the ball, as I call it, is just boring and a top team doesn't really need it.
"In my opinion, Guardiola generally too often gets lost in trying to win a game in advance. That tactic often ends in wrong decisions, which prevent success."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kevin De Bruyne has claimed that he is not moved about Lionel Messi's potential arrival at Manchester City next summer.

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The Etihad outfit recently insisted that they have the financial capability of landing the Barcelona forward in 2021.

Messi agreed to see out the remainder of his contract until next summer after changing his mind about leaving the Camp Nou.

But when De Bruyne was asked about teaming up with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, the Belgian midfielder played down the speculation.

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