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Pep Guardiola returns to Bayern more loved by Blues fans than their Munich counterparts

The Spaniard was more respected than adored in three years with German giants his new employers play on Wednesday — not that you'd know it from their website. 

He won three successive Bundesliga titles and averaged an unprecedented 2.52 points per game with a win rate of 80 per cent.

Yet there was barely any mention on Bayern Munich’s website of Pep Guardiola’s return on Wednesday with Manchester City .

It is a stark illustration that boss Guardiola ’s relationship with the Bavarian giants is one of respect rather than love.

Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during a training session of the German first division Bundesliga team in Munich, southern Germany, on March 8, 2016.  / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Spanish head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during a training session of the German first division Bundesliga team in Munich, southern Germany, on March 8, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Yes, he brought them success and the Bayern players all insist he made them better, but the club and the supporters never felt that emotional connection with him. He kept his distance and was not the extrovert coach fans love, like a Jurgen Klopp or Diego Simeone.

The club and the fans politely waved him off at his final game against Hannover 96, but there was no sadness at his departure.

They will remember Guardiola as a great coach, but not a legendary one.

That status goes to Udo Lattek, Dettmar Cramer, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jupp Heynckes who lifted the one trophy real success is measured by at Bayern – the Champions League.

He succeeded the Treble-winning Heynckes in 2013, but never lived up to his achievements.

Guardiola, 45, reached three semi-finals, only to come up short each time and that is the glaring omission from his CV from his time at the Allianz Arena.

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