By winning the treble months after it was announced that Pep Guardiola would replace him at the end of the season, beloved former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes ensured his successor would not have a tender honeymoon period at his new club. But with the talent at Guardiola's disposal and his own golden record, who needed that?
The pressure and expectations have been suffocating and unfair, but not at all surprising. This is what happens when you take over the best team in the world right now. The club's stated goal is to not only win the treble again, but add the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup titles to their haul. And now that Guardiola has been around for a bit, in the flesh, everyone seems decidedly less enamored with his mythology. Even Pep himself.
From Al Jazeera:
"It's not easy always having to win. People believe we'll win six or seven nil, but that's just not possible," said Guardiola.
"The supporters want more and more and more, but I have only been with the team for six to seven weeks, I need more time. I'm just a normal coach, I'm not some super trainer."
Yes, just a normal coach who won 14 of 19 titles available to him at Barcelona, leading to him and his ideology being held up as all that is right and good with football.
Bayern kick off the Bundesliga season against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday. No matter how the campaign ends up, at least Guardiola doesn't have any hair to pull out. He's got that going for him.