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Bayern ambassador critiques host’s style after display against Arsenal

Franz Beckenbauer believes Pep Guardiola’s style at Bayern Munich needs work.

Following Bayern Munich’s draw at home to Arsenal, the majority of the Munich fans went home happy in the knowledge that are through to the next round – despite not winning the match.

Bayern took the lead with a well-worked goal as Ribery teased the Arsenal defence before picking out the unmarked Schweinsteiger who couldn’t miss from 10 yards out. The Gunners immediately drew level from a fantastic close-range angled drive from Lukas Podolski, but that moment of joy and optimism slowly faded as Bayern comfortably held out.

Overall, the 1-1 full-time scoreline arguably flattered the visitors, as Bayern had plenty of opportunities to score more goals – no more so than a late Thomas Muller missed penalty.

With the Bavarians comfortably through to the next round, still in the domestic cup and impressively hold a 20-point gap over second place Dortmund in the league, so far it has been a pretty good debut season for Pep Guardiola where nobody can have any complaints… Or can they?

One man who hasn’t taken in the hype is Bayern ambassador and German legend Franz Beckenbauer.

The former German great once criticised Pep Guardiola’s use of Mario Goetze, and reported by Marca following last night’s draw, he left the Spaniard another stinging message of disapproval regarding Bayern’s overplaying, commenting:

“At the end we will be like Barcelona, nobody will want to watch us.”

“These players would pass the ball until the goal-line.”

“My vision is distinct. If I have the opportunity to shoot at goal with a clear sight, especially in front of a crowded defence, I would do it.”

“It is the most efficient way.”

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