According to Felix Magath, who was the boss of Bayern Munich for a period. Barcelona won two Champions Leagues under Pep Guardiola solely because of Lionel Messi’s brilliant performance.
Barcelona won all of the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies in 2008-09, the first season Guardiola was in charge. Guardiola, who left after winning 14 major trophies in 2012, has not reached a happy ending in Europe since then.
Pep reached the happy ending with Bayern in the Bundesliga, but lost three consecutive semi-finals to Real Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Similarly, he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three EFL Cups at Manchester City. However, it has yet to go beyond the quarter-finals in Europe.
“Not Guardiola, Messi won,” said Felix Magath. “Without Messi, this system would never have been so successful for Guardiola. If it were otherwise, Manchester City and Bayern Munich would have had similar success. ”
Speaking of Liverpool’s successful momentum with Jürgen Klopp, Magath said that Klopp’s success was more than a system. Liverpool has successful transfer policy.