More to life even if Pep doesn't win Champs League at Bayern

TURIN • Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is determined to win the Champions League for a third time, but insists he will not be judged a failure even if he leaves at the end of the season without lifting Europe's biggest prize again.

The Spaniard moved to the German Bundesliga club to replace treble-winning manager Jupp Heynckes with the expectancy of delivering a Champions League title but has so far made two semi-finals.

Yet when asked whether it would be a failure if he finished his three- season Bayern spell without having won the trophy, the Manchester City-bound coach responded that there was more to life than football.

"Anyone who judges me only for the Champions League doesn't realise my life does not depend on that," he told reporters at a press conference ahead of Bayern's round-of-16 first-leg clash against Juventus on Monday.

"I want to win the Champions League too, but I have found a new culture (in Munich) and my objectives have been achieved.

"At Barcelona, I won everything and won it again. I wanted to try a new experience, just as I will change again. There is so much more to my life than football."

Guardiola won the Champions League twice at Barca and is heading for a third straight Bundesliga crown. He has also delivered the German Cup, Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup during his time with the Bavarian giants.

Despite his efforts in playing down the importance of another Champions League title to his CV, there is little doubt that his new employers want him to establish City as a force in Europe.

City have never been past the round of 16, but Guardiola refused to address any questions relating to the English Premier League club.

"This is not the time or the place to talk about Manchester City," he said.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2016, with the headline 'More to life even if Pep doesn't win Champs League at Bayern'. Print Edition | Subscribe