Ex-Chelsea and Bayern star Robben lauds Man City coach Pep Guardiola.

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Robben and Guardiola shared the same ideology on how football should be played.

Robben says ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is the master of offensive football. [Getty]
Robben says ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is the master of offensive football. [Getty]

Pep Guardiola Man City manager continues to receive praise.


Former Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has heaped praise on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, labelling the Spaniard as the "master of offensive football".


The former Chelsea star Robben worked with the Catalan coach at the Allianz Arena for three seasons after being managed by the likes of Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jupp Heynckes.


However, Robben, who announced his retirement from football last July, says Guardiola made sure he 'became more complete'.


"I love football and, above all, the offensive football – and Pep is a master at it," he told Socrates magazine.


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"He focused on attack and total ball control. Of course, I particularly liked that. We were on the same wavelength.


"He made sure that I became more complete. For me, Pep is the best coach in the world. The three years with him in Munich were extremely instructive."


Robben left Real Madrid to join the Bundesliga giants in 2009, and won 20 major trophies in his ten-year stint at the club, however, he wasn't sure leaving Los Blancos for the Bavaria was the right decision at the time.


Former Netherlands international Robben enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Bayern.
Former Netherlands international Robben enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Bayern.

"Back then, my only wish was to win the Champions League and Bayern was not one of the top clubs in Europe," he said. "But I took the risk and it was worth it.


"It was really not an easy decision for me at the time. But going to Bayern was the best of my career in retrospect."


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