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Peter Schmeichel has criticised Pep Guardiola saying the Manchester City boss took the shine off his former club Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champions won the treble in the 2012/13 season under the guidance of Jupp Heynckes and the latter was replaced by the former Barcelona boss at the Allianz Arena. The 45-year-old guided the Bavarian club to three Bundesliga titles during his three years in Germany, but he failed to help Bayern win the Champions League.

Guardiola left Munich and made a switch to the Premier League, where he will be in charge at the Etihad. Schmeichel, who played for both City and their derby rivals Manchester United says Bayern were "boring" under their former manager.

"He was OK at Bayern. For me, he changed a really good, entertaining team to be more boring to watch. He made them play more square, changed the players, but you can't argue with his results," Schmeichel was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Guardiola resumes his long-standing rivalry with Jose Mourinho, when he takes his men to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on 10 September. Having made big-budget signings in the recently concluded summer transfer window, City and United have begun their season on a high taking nine points from three games each.

Ahead of Saturday's tie, Schmeichel has also compared how Guardiola's tactics would widely differ from that of his former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Pep comes in with an incredible reputation. What he did with Barcelona was fantastic, his work was fantastic, but he was also very lucky he had the players to bring in the philosophy that he has in football," the former United skipper added.

"Alex Ferguson's first priority was 'we have to be able to score goals', with Pep it's 'I want to have as much possession as possible'.

"So the philosophy goes to 'I want to have so much possession that at some point we'll score a goal from that'. That's what we'll see at Manchester City."

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