The most celebrated manager in the world returned to football after a year out of the game following four incredible seasons at Barcelona.

He took charge of European champions Bayern and insisted he is not afraid of the challenge.

Pep said: “I am ready. It’s a new challenge for me a new goal being here.

“My time in Barcelona was marvellous but I needed a new challenge and Bayern Munich gave me that chance.

“They presented me with the opportunity and I am ready to give my best and I am certain that all the fans of Bayern will continue to live with pride and I hope it will be an era of pride for all.”

Speaking in impeccable German, Guardiola continued: “This is a gift.
“It’s a great joy and happiness not only for being here but also because Bayern Munich thought of me and allowed me to be here.

“For this reason it’s a gift. I would like to thank Bayern for this chance and the opportunity to coach here.”