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Jul 5, 2013

Guardiola aware of Bayern pressure

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola concedes he is under huge pressure in his new job and is well aware that coaches are afforded little time to deliver at a club of the Treble winners' size.

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Guardiola, who finally took over the reins at Bayern last month, held just his second press conference on Thursday while the club were in Trentino, Italy for a training camp.

And the Spaniard, speaking in impressive German once again, said he knew he had to hit the ground running, but was ready for the challenge.

"I am at a big club and at a big club there is no time, you must deliver good work from the start," he said. "We have to focus on the future, on what we still can win. We don't want to look back.

"It's like that in every big club, no matter if you're at Barcelona, [AC] Milan or Bayern, you have to win, win, win. There is the possibility that we make mistakes of course. My job is to prevent us from making mistakes."

Guardiola, who spent four years in the top job at Barcelona while cementing a legacy in the process, is hoping to do the same at Bayern.

"I want to stay here for a long time," he said "I not only want to teach, I want to learn."

The former Spain international went on to lavish praise on his new set of players, and says he is particularly looking forward to working with Arjen Robben.

"Robben is a present to me" he said about the winger, who decided the 2013 Champions League final. "I will try to keep him on his level this season."

Guardiola also reserved kind words for Claudio Pizarro, who signed a new contract with the club on Thursday, and believes his language skills could be of great help to him.

"I like Claudio Pizarro, he is a very good player," he said. "He speaks Spanish and will have to translate my ideas in training."

Guardiola, who led Barca to such success while playing attractive football, is confident that his new side will adapt to his style of play quickly.

"Bayern has very intelligent players," he said. "They have been in the Champions League final three times in the last four years, so they will understand my few new ideas."

One man who could go a long way to influencing how Bayern play under Guardiola is Franck Ribery.

The Spaniard revealed he has already tested him in a number of positions during the short time he has had to work with him.

"Franck has always played on the wing," he said. "Only in some matches for France he played central behind the striker.

"During the pre-season friendly matches I want to find out who can play in different positions. We will have to wait and see if I really change their positions in the end. We can play with real strikers, we can play without a real striker [a false nine]. I have a great team here and we can play different formations."

Mario Gomez, who has been heavily linked with a move to Fiorentina of late, travelled to Italy with the squad for the training camp.

And despite reports stating that the striker does not fit into Guardiola's plans, the Bayern boss said he was happy to have him on board.

"Mario is a great footballer," he said. "Mario is a player of Bayern Munich so he is part of the team. I have worked with him for a week now and he has been very professional."

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