Champions League - Bayern getting ‘better and better’ under Guardiola, says Mourinho

Pep Guardiola has unmistakably made Bayern Munich a better side this season, according to his old La Liga sparring partner Jose Mourinho.

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Guardiola faced a daunting task when taking over from treble-winner Jupp Heynckes in the summer but Bayern are unbeaten in the Bundesliga under the Catalan coach, breaking records on a near weekly basis, and have a 2-0 lead over Arsenal after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Mourinho, who developed a vigorous rivalry with Guardiola in La Liga as he managed Real Madrid at a time when the former Spain international coached great rivals Barcelona, says Bayern's evolution into such a dominant team is a process which started some years ago.

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But he says Guardiola – who has made some significant changes such as installing Philipp Lahm as a central midfielder - has improved on the team that was bequeathed to him.

The Chelsea manager was speaking in his capacity as Yahoo's new Global Football Ambassador for 2014, which means the only place you can get Mourinho's World Cup analysis is with us this summer.

“I think they are getting better and better,” said Mourinho. “I think this new Bayern started with Louis van Gaal, who ... starts cleaning the team of all the players and starting with [Thomas] Mueller and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Holger] Badstuber and Toni Kroos, he was starting with these people and took the team to the Champions League final in 2010.

“After that comes Jupp Heynckes, unbelievable work, and the team kept becoming better and better and they won it, and now Guardiola also is a fantastic coach and I think [they are] naturally improving. So over the last years as a club they are doing very well.”

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