Bayern Munich: Does Pep Guardiola Really Want Sebastian Rode?

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 30, 2013

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 07: Pep Guardiola, former head coach of Barcelona attends the Press Conference with nominees for World Player of the Year and World Coach of the Year for Men's Football on January 7, 2013 at Congress House in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
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Does incoming Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola really want Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode?

When Jürgen Klopp said (via the Press Association from The Guardian): "Mario Götze is the player Pep Guardiola really wanted," rest assured that Guardiola doesn't feel the same way about Rode. 

Like at Barcelona, Pep runs the risk of having his reputation unfairly tainted because he doesn't have full control over the transfer operations. 

He didn't even listen to Lionel Messi when it came to forcing Samuel Eto'o out of the club, according to the Cameroonian's version of events (via L’Equipe from "When Guardiola wanted me to go, Messi came to him and said: 'Sell whoever you like, but not Samuel'."

Why would Pep then implore Blaugrana upper management to break the bank for a bigger egomaniac in Zlatan Ibrahimović? 

Revisionist history has created a narrative where Guardiola squandered Barça's money with ill-advised deal after another when it was mainly Joan Laporta's fault.  

Buying Sebastian from Eintracht leaves you no hints where you can say: "Ah, I can see why Pep wanted him."

Rode's current passing completion percentage (84) isn't even in the high 80s, let alone the 90s, meaning he's a liability in Pep's eyes. 

Sebastian loves carrying the ball out of midfield which contradicts the philosophy of passing and moving that is dictated by tiqui-taca football. 

Even if he alters his playing style to be safer for Guardiola, Bayern aren't getting the same midfielder from Frankfurt, therefore making the signing pointless. 

Luiz Gustavo, who has the highest Bundesliga passing completion percentage this season (93), is a more Guardiola-like player than Rode. 

Should Pep keep the 4-2-3-1 as opposed to switching to a 4-3-3 (Bayern are the most dominant team in Europe, why change?), then Luiz will be ahead of Rode as the backup pivot, leaving Sebastian's career at an impasse. 

Guardiola graduated from La Masia and went on to become one of Barcelona's greatest ever players. 

As a footballer, besides from befriending insignificant translators, Pep mentored up-and-coming cantera products, as Xavi fondly recounted (via Graham Hunter at

When I was coming through, seen as Pep’s replacement, he treated me like a friend and gave me advice. But for the crowd it was hard. I was seen as the 'outsider' despite being from La Masia, and viewed as the one pushing Pep out. 

Emre Can, a 19-year-old midfielder interchanging between Bayern Munich II and the first team, has world-class upside. 

He won the Fritz Walter Medal, the highest honour for a German youth footballer, in the under-17 category. 

Can's exploits was highlighted by FIFA's technical study group and the UEFA technical team.

So, why did Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer go out and sign Sebastian?

He is Armin Veh's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Eintracht's second-best player behind goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. 

Along with Mitchell Weiser (Köln; 19)Xherdan Shaqiri (Basel; 21) and Jan Kirchhoff (Mainz; 22), the signing of 22-year-old Rode is concurrent with Matthias' intentions of keeping Bayern young (from Welt am Sonntag via's Andrew Wychrij): "It is my intention to establish youth in order to better manage a sustainable and long-term performance."

What do you think was one of the reasons for Pep choosing Bayern?

Their state of the art youth academy, which has a rich history of producing world-class players, is just like Barcelona.

22 prospects from Barça B were given an opportunity by Guardiola; therefore he wouldn't have initiated the Rode signing knowing it diminished Emre's chances of making it.

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