Heynckes: "Barša is the most creative team in the world"
David Saura (enviat especial)
Jupp Heynckes, Bayern Munich Manager, has only praise for Josep Guardiolaĺs team, both for the success of the current European Champions, and for the way they play.
"I know Spanish football, and Barša’s game, pretty well. Everyone knows they’re the
current Champions League holders, but we must also remember that they’re the most creative
team in the world". With these words of praise, the German coach, who takes over from Van Gaal as
manager of Bayern Munich this season, admitted his admiration for Guardiola’s players.
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At the press conference after the other semi-final of the Audi Cup, Heynckes also
referred to the work of the Barša Academy: "They have lots of players who have grown up together at
the club, and this means they understood each other really well on the pitch, but also, and very
importantly, off the pitch".
Heynckes, who at times expressed himself in very decent Spanish, has extensive experience in
the Spanish League, where he managed Athletic Bilbao twice (1992/94 and 2001/03), CD Tenerife
(1995/97) and Real Madrid (1997/98), where he won the Champions League.
Players missing from the Final
Despite the absence of important players in the Barša first team, the coach from
M÷nchengladbach believes that the Audi Cup Final "will be a very interesting game....it’s
true that Barša without Messi is a different team, but players like Iniesta, Xavi, or Busquets are
extraordinary players". One of the Bayern doubtfuls is Arjen Robben, who had to come off in the
semifinal against AC Milan due to a heavy kick on his leg. Ribery is a non-starter, as he has an