Erik ten Hag spent two seasons in charge of Bayern Munich II in Germany and that coincided with Pep Guardiola’s time at the club.
Ten Hag inspired Go Ahead Eagles to promotion in his first season in management and accepting the Bayern Munich II position was considered a natural next step, as it was an opportunity to work at a club where he could learn closely from Guardiola.
The Dutchman had already established his principles and beliefs in his debut campaign with Go Ahead Eagles, but he wanted to learn from a coach who had just overseen the most successful period of Barcelona’s history before moving to Germany.
“I learned a lot from Guardiola. His philosophy is sensational,” Ten Hag said in 2019. “What he did in Barcelona, Bayern and now with Manchester City, that attacking and attractive style sees him win a lot. It’s this structure that I’ve tried to implement with Ajax.
“Since Pep, football in Germany is different, I looked at almost every training back then, and I took a lot of methodical lessons on how to transfer his philosophy to the pitch. I want to have possession and hurt the opponent. It’s about possession, about movement, about vertical attacking patterns, about pressing, wingers moving into the middle to make room for the full-backs.”
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