Messi hails former boss.
Champions League winners Bayern Munich will be stronger next season under Pep Guardiola, according to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Former Barca boss Guardiola held his first training sessions as Bayern head-coach this week after succeeding the retiring Jupp Heynckes.
The Spaniard boasts an impressive CV, having led the Catalans to 14 major trophies in four seasons, but faces a tough act to follow after Heynckes claimed an historic treble last term.
The Bavarians humiliated Messi’s Barca with a 7-0 aggregate victory in the Champions League semi-final but the Argentina captain believes his former boss will make Bayern even stronger.
“I think we have a great team and great players, as we’ve shown over the years. I think the arrival of Guardiola will make Bayern stronger. Winning the Champions League is always difficult and our objective is trying to win everything and succeed in all competitions,” the 26-year-old told FIFA.com.
“That’s how we work at Barcelona. You talk of Germany dominating football recently – I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.
“I know Germany have a history of great teams in global football at international level and club level. Winning the Champions League is difficult for anyone, whether they are from Germany or Spain. But I know Germany had a great year last year.”