Pep Guardiola speaks in German at Bayern Munich unveiling | inside World Soccer

Pep Guardiola lived up to his reputation for meticulous preparation by producing some rather impressive German at his unveiling as new Bayern Munich coach on Monday.

New Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola poses in the team locker room inside the Allianz Arena
New Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola poses in the team locker room inside the Allianz Arena

Photo: FC Bayern München

A cacophony of clicking cameras and excited murmuring greeted Guardiola as the Spaniard calmly took to the podium to pose for pictures before the assembled press.

"Guten Tag" he began confidently, before adding "Gruß Gott", a greeting that displayed a hearty touch of affection for his new Bavarian surroundings.

"Please forgive my German. I hope that in the near future, in the coming weeks, you will see my German improve," he added with a smile.

"I have lived for the last year in New York and it's not the optimal place to learn German."

Guardiola, whose first training sessions takes place on Wednesday evening, admitted that he was nervous as he faced about 300 reporters but was relaxed enough to crack a few jokes.

"Perhaps my family should move in with me at Säbener Straße (Bayern's training ground), because I'll be living there for the next six months," he said.

His efforts to learn the language, prompting the club's press officer Markus Hörwick to ask: "Who's your German teacher?"

"She's a Borussia Dortmund fan and almost didn't let me go," he recalled chuckling.


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